New members appointed to key city positions

By Stefanie Donahue

Following a string of candidate interviews on January 8, Blaine City Council voted to appoint nine individuals to a slew of key positions serving the city. Take a look at the full list:

Civil Service Commission – comprised of three members that serve six-year terms. Members are responsible for the selection, appointment and employment of police. Edward Onyon, Harry Robinson and Wolfgang Kommer were appointed.

Park and Cemetery Board – comprised of seven members that serve four-year terms. Members advise the city council to improve public spaces, such as plazas, parks and recreation facilities. Zack Sherk was appointed.

Blaine Planning Commission – comprised of seven members that serve four-year terms. Members advise the city council, hold public hearings and oversee shoreline substantial development permit applications, land use variances and conditional use permits. Richard May was reappointed.

Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee – comprised of nine members that help boost tourism and recreation in the city. Sandra (Sandy) Baker was appointed.

Blaine Economic Development Advisory Committee – comprised of 15 members that serve four-year terms. Members help the city identify priorities and achieve goals to boost the local economy. Dennis Olason was appointed.

Public Works Advisory Committee – comprised of six members that discuss solutions to challenges facing the Blaine Public Works department. Ted Metz was appointed and Colin Hawkins was reappointed.

According to Blaine city clerk Sheri Sanchez, five positions remain vacant on various city committees, including two full-term positions on the Park and Cemetery Board that expire December 31, 2021, one partial-term position on the Park and Cemetery Board that expires on December 31, 2019, one partial-term position on the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee that expires on December 31, 2019 and one partial-term position on the Public Works Advisory Committee that expires on December 31, 2018.

Per Blaine Municipal Code, concurrent service on more than one board, commission or committee is prohibited. To obtain an application, visit bit.ly/2haDi7q.

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