A former Lacey mayor joined county and state employees and a fire commissioner as interested applicants for Lacey's new council member.
Eleven Lacey residents threw their names into consideration to fill the seat left vacant by resigning council member Mary Dean. Whoever is appointed to the position will serve out Dean’s unexpired term, which ends this year. Dean said she planned to move to Georgia with her husband to be closer to family.
The person appointed by the council would have to be elected this fall if he or she wanted to retain their position. However, with Dean’s early departure, the person elected in 2011 will take office as soon as the Thurston County Auditor’s Office certifies the November election, city manager Greg Cuoio said.
Here is a brief introduction, according to information on their applications.
Occupation: Retired. Internal auditor, Thurston County, 2004-2009.
Experience: Lacey council candidate, 2004; administrator and director positions, Department of Retirement Systems, 1979-2003.
Priorities: Public safety; long-term transportation plan; economic development, assistance; programs for youths.
Community involvement: Member of Olympia-Lacey Church of God for more than 32 years; volunteer in North Thurston Public Schools.
Occupation: Chief criminal deputy, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office; retiring in February.
Experience: 35 years as law enforcement officer with county Sheriff’s Office; graduate of Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Priorities: Balance growth and providing services; public safety; improving quality of life.
Community involvement: Law enforcement; committee work for Together, Crime Stoppers and Domestic Violence Task Force.
Occupation: Business owner/consultant.
Experience: Fire commissioner, Lacey Fire District 3; ran for Thurston County Commission, 2008; more than 10 years in public health; published columnist; educator and training coordinator, Providence Health Systems, 1998-2007.
Priorities: Increase revenue for city (moratorium on B&O tax); reassess labor and contractual services contracts.
Community involvement: Editorial board and columnist for The Olympian; health care work.
Occupation: Part-time clerk, Washington State Liquor Control board, 1998-present.
Experience: Worked for U.S Census Bureau last year; worked with United Food and Commercial Workers, most recently in opposition to Initiatives 1100 and 1105.
Priorities: Get businesses into vacant buildings/economic development; public safety.
Community involvement: Census work to help community improvements; helped union on liquor initiatives.
Occupation: Commercial property appraiser, Thurston County Assessor’s Office, 1996-present.
Experience: Financial advisory committee for North Thurston Public Schools; 24 years as real estate appraiser; candidate for Thurston County assessor, 2010.
Priorities: Clean drinking water; transportation; managing population growth; city budget.
Community involvement: Homeowners association president; past president of Parent Teacher Association, South Bay Elementary and Chinook Middle schools; soccer coach; Lacey Rotary.
Occupation: Account manager, Nicholson and Associates Insurance, 2009-present.
Experience: Lacey Planning Commission, 2009-present; Thurston County Chamber of Commerce board, 2007-2010; owned and operated businesses, including insurance agency.
Priorities: Traffic congestion; public safety; infrastructure; parks.
Community involvement: Lacey Chamber of Commerce member; president, Horizon Pointe Homeowner’s Association; Olympia Master Builders; Thurston County Trust; Business and Economic Development Committee chairman; Lacey Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.
Occupation: Farmers Insurance agent, 2010-present.
Experience: Noncommissioned officer, Washington Air National Guard; 141st ARW/FSS, employer support representative, 2009-present; 62nd Air Wing/Security Forces squadron, supervisor for relieved of duty flight, 2008-2009.
Priorities: Public safety; balance development and environmental preservation; city budget.
Community involvement: Volunteering at Church of Living Water, charity benefits, funeral procession/casket guard for local law enforcement.
Occupation: State Department of Health, customer service specialist, 2006-present.
Experience: Candidate in multiple elections for Aberdeen City Council in 1990s; twice elected precinct committee officer for the Democratic Party in Lacey.
Priorities: Create family-wage jobs; growth management; provide services.
Community involvement: Officiating at youth and school sports; former substitute teacher in North Thurston Public Schools; coached middle school basketball.
Occupation: Retired. Former administrator for Department of Social and Health Services.
Experience: Lacey Planning Commission, 1985-1991; Lacey City Council, 1991-1999; served as mayor from May 1993 through January 1996.
Priorities: Drinking water; economic growth; comprehensive plan implementation.
Community involvement: Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, founding member; Housing Authority of Thurston County, twice chaired; Lacey Parks bond, co-chaired; North Thurston School District levy, co-chaired; steering committee Lacey Fire District annexation; fundraiser for South Puget Sound Habitat For Humanity, Community Youth Services; Kiwanis Club of Olympia; and North Thurston Education Foundation.
Occupation: Retired. Former retail manager and consultant nutritionist, Western Farmers/Land O’ Lakes feed division.
Experience: Retail management.
Priorities: Lacey seniors.
Community involvement: Volunteer for Fire District 3, 1966-1972; former member, Lacey Senior Patrol Unit, Lacey police; Lacey Senior Center member, served on center expansion committee.
Occupation: Retired. Former engineer, R.W. Beck Inc.
Experience: Intercity Transit citizen advisory committee member; Lacey Planning Commission; Port of Olympia Advisory Committee, vice chairman.
Priorities: Water rights; global warming; affordable housing.
Community involvement: The Panorama Foundation advisory committee, Panorama Disaster Assistance Response Team, Mason County Economic Development Council, Mason County Water Conservancy Board.
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