Enumclaw looking to fill another vacant council seat
April 30, 2009 · Updated 4:45 PM
By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald
The Enumclaw City Council finds itself one member short, due to last week's resignation of Tim Temples.
Temples is a casualty of this week's closure of the Weyerhaeuser mill and, for employment reasons, will be moving his family to Longview. He has accepted a position as an "operations team leader" on the Columbia-Cowlitz Railway, a Weyerhaeuser subsidiary. He has been serving as log yard supervisor for the Enumclaw mill.
Filling the council vacancy will be the duty of current council members who comprise the "committee on committees," headed by Mayor Pro Tem Sean Krebs. That group is expected to advertise for candidates and narrow the field. Traditionally, the entire council has then heard from the finalists and had an opportunity to ask questions before making a final decision.
Temples moved to Enumclaw in 1996, following an 11-year stint in the U.S. Army, and quickly became involved in community service. He was appointed by then-Mayor George Rossman to the city's Planning Commission, became one of the founding members of the Human Services Advisory Board and later joined the Enumclaw Urban Tree Committee.
He resigned membership on those bodies when he was appointed, in January 2001, to the City Council. That fall, he was elected by Enumclaw voters to fill the remainder of the original four-year term.
Because his term is scheduled to expire with the end of 2003, the person appointed to replace Temples will have to run for election this fall.
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