Interviews, appointment scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, during council work session

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose city councilors conduct business during a council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2. The council will appoint a new member to serve the rest of Rich Riffles term. Pictured left to right: Councilors Joel Haugen, Mark Reed, Natalie Sanders, Mayor Scott Burge, and Councilors Megan Greisen and Patrick Kessi.The Scappoose City Council is soon slated to appoint its newest member.

Applications are now being accepted for a vacant seat on the council, with interviews and a council vote to appoint scheduled for Feb. 5.

After Councilor Rich Riffle announced in December he would resign from the council at the end of the year, councilors voted Tuesday, Jan. 2, to declare a vacancy and start accepting applications from Scappoose residents interested in filling the open seat.

To qualify for the council seat, residents must prove they've lived in Scappoose for the past 12 months and be registered to vote in Oregon. Councilors receive no pay for their positions.

At seven members, the Scappoose City Council is the largest governing body in Columbia County, aside from Clatskanie, which also utilizes a seven-member council.

Scappoose councilors will hold public interviews with applicants during a work session Monday, Feb. 5, and vote to select someone to fill the seat that same evening. The applicant selected will be sworn in and join the rest of the council for the regularly scheduled council meeting that evening.

This will mark the council's second appointment in a year. Last March, the council voted to appoint Joel Haugen to a council seat vacated by Barbara Hayden. Haugen had previously served on the council before being unseated in the 2016 general election.

The Scappoose City Council meets twice a month, but many of its members also serve on auxiliary committees.

The selected candidate will serve until Dec. 31, 2018, unless they run for office in the 2018 general election and are elected to retain the seat.

Applications for the position are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 31, and are available at Scappoose City Hall or online at

Contact City Recorder Susan Reeves at 503-543-7146 with questions about the application process.

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