On March 25, 2013 City of Kirkland City Council Member Bob Sternoff submitted his resignation effective immediately. Sternoff was first elected to the City Council in 2005; his term expires December 31, 2015. At its April 2 meeting, the City Council will discuss the process of filling the vacancy. According to State law (RCW 42.12.070), when a city council position becomes vacant, the remaining members of the City Council can appoint a qualified person to fill the position. If the Council fails to appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy within 90 days of the occurrence of the vacancy, the Council’s authority ceases and the King County Council would appoint a qualified person. The law does not require any particular process to fill the vacancy.
“Council Member Sternoff’s contributions to the successful annexation of Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate, the passage of two parks bonds, and his regional representation of Kirkland were extremely valuable to the community,” notes Mayor Joan McBride. “He has the Council’s best wishes and respect for making what had to be a very difficult decision.”
The City Council will decide at its April 2 meeting in open session the process for how nominations for appointment will be conducted. The regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chamber, Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue.
The appointed Council Member will serve until the November 2013 election is certified. If that person stands for election and wins, he/she will continue to serve. If another person is elected to the fill the vacancy, the person elected will take office when the election is certified and would serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
The filing period for the November General Election has been established by the King County Elections Office as May 13-17, 2013. For filing information, go to www.kingcounty.gov/elections.