- Editor’s note: In the 32+ years I have resided here, tonight was the first time I have seen such a large and diverse group of council applicants. I was thrilled that such a cross-section of our community stepped-up for public service. While only one applicant will be chosen for this seat, were I the mayor, I would create an advisory council comprised of the divergent talents we have here. I would include the 5 applicants from this group that will not be chosen as a councilor. Each of these individuals brings a unique skill-set and a desire of public service that should utilized and not overlooked during this critical point in Yelm’s history!
- Our community owes a debt of gratitude to all of these council applicants for stepping forward in the public interest. I am so proud of each of them!
“At tonight’s city council meeting we voted to delay the appointment of a new city council member (to fill the seat vacated by CM Colt) until we have further discussion at our Study Session next week and then a likely vote at the next City Council Meeting the following week. Speaking strictly for myself, I voted to delay because we received the names and applications on Friday, just 4 days ago (one was recieved (sic) today) and while I met one in person and talked to 3 others on the phone, it just wasnt (sic) enough time IMO to fairly evaluate them. That said…I think we have some really solid choices and this might be the best pool of applicants in recent history. I say this with some experience, having gone through the appointment process three times since being elected in 2015 and I actually went through the appointment process myself but was never appointed, just later elected. While we didn’t vote, we did hear from the applicants. Watch the video linked [here] below at 56 minutes in to listen to the candidates speaking and answering questions from the council. The applicants are (in speaking order): 1. Joshua Crossman, 2. EJ Curry, 3.Brian Hess, 4. David Hoardley, 5. John McGuire, 6. Allyn Verbal.”