Fife City Council appointed Lisa McClellan to the council seat vacated by Winston Marsh, who resigned from the council to focus on his health and family.
Marsh was starting his second year as mayor when he resigned in February. The council then elected Kim Roscoe to serve the final year of the two-year, largely ceremonial mayoral term.
McClellan was one of five applicants who applied for the council appointment and who were interviewed during the Tuesday meeting. She will serve in council position six through the year, until an election is held in the fall. If only one candidate campaigns for the council position, he or she will be selected and confirmed in either the primary election. If two people run for the position, they will face each other in the primary in August and then the general election in November.
Municipal Court Judge Kevin Ringus formally swore McClellan into office immediately after the selection and served on the council for the rest of the meeting.
The other candidates were: Katie Hilen, manager of MultiCare Financial Services; Alan Bush, owner of Allied IT; Brian Humphreys, lead grounds technician for the Federal Way School District and Steve Morissette, vice principal at St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way.
McClellan, a network engineer, has lived in Fife for three years and was a member of Fife’s Planning Commission since 2016, and on the Fife Parks & Recreation Advisory Board from 2014 to 2016.
McClellan said she would like to see Fife become a place where people can stay, emphasizing the need for more small businesses, a grocery store and restaurants, during her council interview.
“I now want to take the next step to delve even deeper into helping shape my community through serving on the City Council,” McClellan said. “I am a third-generation resident and truly love my city.”
Fife City Council consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. The council serves as the legislative branch of Fife's government. They are responsible for establishing policy, voting appropriations, developing the City's vision and mission, and passing local ordinances, resolutions, and proclamations. They are also responsible for appointing the city manager and the members of the City's Commissions.