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SEQUIM—Sequim City Council member and former Mayor Ken Hays notified the City on December 14, 2015 that he will resign from the council effective immediately.
Hays has served on the City Council since 2008 and served as the Mayor from 2010 through 2013. He was re-elected to a new four year term in 2015.
“It has become increasingly difficult for me to meet my obligations to the city in my role as a city councilor. The demands of my professional and family life are taking all of my time and I do not believe it is fair to continue serving the city and the community without the level of commitment expected and required of the job of a Sequim city councilor,” Hays said in a letter to Mayor Candace Pratt and City Manager Charlie Bush.
“I want to thank all of the other councilors I have served with. Their dedication and thoughtfulness in their service is commendable and made my tenure rewarding and worthwhile,” Hays added.
He went on to thank City staff, new City Manager Charlie Bush and to welcome the new councilors.
“Ken has been an inspiration to me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him on the City Council,” said Sequim Mayor Candace Pratt. “Ken served as Mayor during the City’s Centennial Celebration and was actively involved in every event. He started the Coffee with the Mayor program in Sequim and represented the City on several regional committees. His perspective and experience will be greatly missed by the community.”
“I have really enjoyed working with Ken over the past few months,” said City Manager Charlie Bush. “We are all very appreciative of his service to the City and the entire Sequim-Dungeness Valley community. We wish him all the best.”
The vacant Sequim City Council position will be filled by appointment. The term will expire on December 31, 2017. The salary for this position is $250 per month. Applicants must be registered voters of the City of Sequim, have a one-year continuous period of residence in the City of Sequim, and hold no other public office or employment under the city government.
Interviews for the vacant position will take place at a regularly scheduled or special City Council meeting in early January. These meetings are held at the Sequim Civic Center located at 152 W. Cedar Street.
Applications are available at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar Street, by calling 360-681-3428 or online at www.sequimwa.gov. The deadline for submitting a completed application to the City Clerk’s Office is 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016.