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Kenmore seeks resident to fill in for sick councilmember | UPDATED
The city of Kenmore is looking for a resident to fill in for an elected councilmember during his leave of absence.
Deputy Mayor Glenn Rogers is taking a leave of absence for four to six months for health-related reasons. During his time on the council, Rogers has been involved in Kenmore's grassroots process as co-founder and past chairman of the Kenmore North Neighborhood Association and past chairman of Citizens for a Better Kenmore leading a successful campaign to limit gambling in the city.
Rogers said he was involved in a rear-end-collision in February on the way to his son's wedding in New Jersey, which resulted in whip lash, pain throughout Rogers' back and neck and a sustained traumatic brain injury. The pain resulting from the whip lash is subsiding, but he is dealing with symptoms of the traumatic brain injury on a daily basis.
"My leaving the council was self-initiated," Rogers said. "As I tried to keep up with the daily work of the city, I found that I couldn't do that. I felt I was not able to accomplish what the citizens of our city elected me to do. It also concerned me that my absence from our seven-member council left it without a tiebreaker vote."
Rogers said he will miss his place on the council.
"I miss serving already and I miss the daily interaction I have with our citizens," he said. "I miss being in the process of making decisions that continue to move our citizens and our city forward. I miss the daily exchange with the professionals at city hall starting with our city manager, his staff and coworkers. These people love our city and work really hard every day to make it the awesome city we live in. I miss my friends and fellow council members; each one bringing a key ingredient that enables the council to work well together for the good of the city."
Applications are available at Kenmore City Hall, located at 18120 68th Ave. NE.
The applicant must be a registered voter of the city of Kenmore, have a two-year continuous period of residency and hold no other public office or employment under the city of Kenmore government. Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 28th.
For more information, visit www.cityofkenmore.com or call 425-398-8900.