Russell Griffin appointed to Sherwood City Council
The Sherwood City Council has appointed Russell Griffin as a temporary member of the council, replacing Councilor Dan King who resigned last summer after moving out of the city.
A member of the Sherwood Plannning Commission, Griffin, 54, works as a technical trainer.
Councilor Kim Young nominated Griffin to the seat, where he is only likely to sit in on several meetings before a Nov. 7 election is held to fill the seat on a permanent basis. Griffin plans to run in that election as well.
Also nominated was Renee Brouse, the former director of the Sherwood YMCA who now works at Tigard's Good Neighbor Center.
In addition, Michael Conn, Doug Scott and Kurt Studer had applied for the seat as well. John S. Davis IV also applied but later told the council he was dropping out of consideration.
Meanwhile, the council formally declared the mayor's seat open and are seeking interested applicants and applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.
The seat was left vacant by the Oct. 2 resignation of Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott, who said she was resigning to move to Redmond to be with her new husband and her two children. The resignation stopped efforts to place her name on an Oct. 17 recall ballot.
City Manager Joe Gall told council members they are required by the city charter to make an appointment since there are more than 13 months left in the former mayor's term. However, there is no specific deadline when the council has to make that appointment and a March 13 election for the seat will be held.
At the same time, Councilor Sean Garland said he's interested in being appointed as interim mayor and plans to run in March as well.
"While I had aspirations to someday seek the role of Mayor, I had not anticipated it occurring so soon," Garland wrote in a statement. "But I feel that now is the right time for me to step up and lead our city back to a place where we can work together. Our citizens must be able to trust their elected leaders, to feel truly represented, and to know that their thoughts, concerns, and questions are being addressed."
A project manager, Garland was elected to the council last November.
By Ray Pitz
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