Tonasket fills City Council slot

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Lee Hale is sworn onto the Tonasket City Council by City Clerk Alice Attwood at the council’s Tuesday, Feb. 11 meeting. He’ll join council members Jill Vugteveen (rear), Scott Olson, Jean Ramsey and Dennis Brown by filling a seat that has been empty since December.

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council had a full agenda for its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting, but before launching into most of it filled a seat that had been empty since Selena Hines resigned in December.

Lee Hale was appointed to the vacant seat.

The council had received applications from Hale and Sue Edick. After interviewing Edick at the Jan. 22 meeting and Hale on Tuesday, the council met in a brief executive session to review and discuss their submitted letters and qualifications.

Mayor Patrick Plumb cast the deciding vote after the council split 2-2 on Ramsey’s motion to confirm Hale, with council members Ramsey and Dennis Brown voting for while Jill Vugteveen and Scott Olson voted against.

Plumb said that, considering Edick’s qualifications, he was planning on offering her the opportunity to fill an empty seat on the planning commission.

Hale took his seat immediately and participated in the remainder of the meeting.