LACEY – The Lacey City Council will wait another week to review applications for its vacant City Council position.
After its regular meeting Thursday, the council went into an executive session and came out with a motion to table further discussion on filling the seat until council member Cynthia Pratt returns from a trip to Africa.
The council had planned to discuss applicant qualifications during a study session after the meeting, but decided to push that talk to Jan. 20 so it could include the entire council, Mayor Tom Nelson said.
“We thought it would be very collegial to make sure she (Pratt) had a voice in this, because we think it’s a very important decision,” Nelson said after the meeting.
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Mary Dean resigned her position effective the end of last year, and the council has received 11 applications to fill the unexpired term.
It’s unknown whether all 11 applicants will be interviewed Feb. 3, during a regular work session for the city.
Earlier in the day, City Manager Greg Cuoio said the council could narrow down the list of candidates before facing them for interviews.
Narrowing down candidates was not discussed in executive session, only to table any discussion until next Thursday, Nelson said.
The candidates are retired Thurston County internal auditor Jack Bryant; Thurston County retiring chief criminal deputy Jim Chamberlain; Lacey fire commissioner Lucius Daye; state Liquor Control Board clerk Margaret Engle; county assessor’s office appraiser Jeffrey Gadman; Lacey Planning Commission member Lenny Greenstein; Washington Air National Guard noncommissioned officer Ryan Gress; Department of Health customer-service specialist Josip Mihelich; former Lacey Mayor and council member Jon Halvorson; retired retail manager and consultant nutritionist Gerald Jorgensen; and Lacey Planning Commission member Don Melnick.