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Breaking News: City Council Changes

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Roxanne Murphy has apparently announced her resignation from the Bellingham City Council on Facebook. Murphy notes she’s going to be paid substantially more for taking a position as an assistant city manager of Valdez, AK. As of this posting, there is nothing in the Bellingham Herald or in “News” at the city’s website. And by the way, the Facebook post first appeared yesterday afternoon, so even NWCitizen is a bit behind the curve.

Between the city and county, it seems to me we’ve had too many instances of duly elected representatives hoping to abandon their posts for greener pastures. Have we arrived at a municipal scale and complexity that deserves better paid, full-time council members? Administrative pay scales should be set to “attract and retain” qualified personnel. Is it time to consider the advantages of a full-time council?

The council can now be expected to invite and consider applications to fill her at-large position until the general municipal election in November, 2019. Such appointments typically confer an incumbent’s advantage in elections that follow, so folks with an existing interest in local legislative affairs should be queuing up and honing their resumes. We might as well get that conversation started. Your comments are welcome below.

About Tip Johnson

Columnist • Member since Jan 11, 2008

Tip Johnson is a longtime citizen interest advocate with a record of public achievement projects for good government and the environment. A lifelong student of government, Tip served two terms [...]

Comments by Readers

Tim Paxton

Sep 04, 2018

Has a female replacement candidate already been approved by the mayor and Council members and/or BIAW? 

Assigning Council people higher salaries  for a full time job would possibly make it more expensive to bribe them.  So theoretically it would be good.

At the same time perhaps we should have a White Collar Crime bounty on all City Hall council people and  managers….just to make things a bit more sporty for the big dogs in the City Hall.   

 

 

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