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LS City Council member steps down to help build city in a different capacity

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Published on Wed, Feb 7, 2007
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LS City Council member steps down to help build city in a different capacity

BY PAM STEVENS | COPY EDITOR In what seemed to be a typical City Council meeting quickly became more. Arnold (Arnie) Clark, resigned his seat on the council to accept the position of Senior Engineering Tech for the City of Lake Stevens.
Clark, who was elected to the council in November 2005 started his new position with the city on Monday.

“My view of my responsibility is that now I can step in and do what I promised as a city council member,” Clark said.

Clark’s job will include the Grade Road realignment, the new civic center and other projects that include what city administrator Jan Berg called “ground work”.

“Arnie worked here before. He has a strong work ethic and a passion for the community, We are excited to have him back on our team,” Berg said.

The city listed the job in Nov. 2006 and received quite a few applications. However, Clark had a tremendous amount of experience in sewer and surface water and in the public works field. He also has lived in the Lake Stevens area for over 16 years. He quickly became a front-runner for the job.

When Clark decided to run for city council one of his main goals was to use annexations as a way to help the city extend its boundaries.
“I wanted to grow the city and I feel that I’ve accomplished that,” Clark said.

Clark also feels that as a city engineer he can further help the voters who elected him in realizing their goals for the city.

“My view of my responsibility is that now I can step in and do what I promised and honorably serve my constituents more effectively,” he said.

A new council member will now need to be appointed. It was less than a month ago that new council member Suzanne Quigley was appointed to fill the vacant seat left by Vern Little when he took over as Mayor back in the fall.

The council has decided to choose from the five remaining candidates who applied for the previous council opening.

According to Council President Heather Coleman, “there are very qualified applicants on that list.”

At Monday night’s city council meeting a new member should be appointed. However, the Journal had already gone to press. More information will follow next week.

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