This story has been edited to reflect corrections.Yelm City Council appointed EJ Curry to the council after Mayor JW Foster broke a tie between her and other council candidate Scott Bradley.Curry is …
This story has been edited to reflect corrections.
Yelm City Council appointed EJ Curry to the council after Mayor JW Foster broke a tie between her and other council candidate Scott Bradley.
Curry is filling the vacant position on the council created when Foster was appointed mayor in August following then-Mayor Ron Harding’s resignation. She will serve until the next general election in November 2017.
Curry has been involved in the city government and other groups in the city, Foster said.
“I chose EJ Curry because she has a long and involved history with the city government,” Foster said. “She can hit the ground running entering the budget process.”
Curry said she wants to work to keep things open, communicate with the public on issues in the city and to be fiscally responsible. She said she also looks forward to working with the council and learning more about the process.
Curry has served on the Yelm Parks Committee, Dollars for Scholars, Yelm Senior Center Board and was named citizen of the year in 2010 by the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.
Councilor Tracey Wood nominated Curry after Councilor Joe DePinto nominated Bradley. Councilors Bob Isom, Wood and Russ Hendrickson voted for Curry. Councilors DePinto, Molly Carmody and Tad Stillwell voted for Bradley. Foster was the tiebreaker.
“Because of the timing of this position that it’s a place holder position for one year until the voters will have their voice in November and because we have such important stuff coming with the new administrator and budget cycle, I will break the tie in favor of EJ Curry,” Foster said.
DePinto said he supported Bradley for the position because he thought he would make a good addition to the council and bring a new perspective to the body.
“I like Scott (Bradley) and I nominated him because of his service to his country,” DePinto said. “He is someone we want on the council.”
Bradley served in the United States Army and has recently completed his master’s degree in education to become a teacher.
DePinto said his second choice was Curry and it was a toss up between the two.
“EJ (Curry) was up there for me,” he said. “It was between Scott and EJ.”
He also welcomed Curry onto the council after she was appointed.
“(I) welcome councilmember Curry, I look forward to working with you,” DePinto said at the meeting.
At the end of the meeting Isom resigned from his position on the city council, creating another vacancy that needs to be filled using the same process as before. Applications will be available at city hall or on the city’s website starting this coming week. To qualify the candidate must be a registered voter, live within the city limits and have been a resident for more than a year.
Council will then review the applications and vote to appoint one of them to serve until the next general election in November 2017.
Bradley said he plans on applying for the newly-created position. He also said Curry was a good choice for council.
“I think with the experience she has, she will do a great job at City Council position one,” he said.
Foster said he is happy with the number of applicants the city received for the position, because it means the city has a lot of people engaged and hopes the other applicants will continue to stay involved.
“My opinion is we have very fine candidates for this position,” he said. “I appreciate folks coming forward to serve their community.”
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