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City accepting applications to fill city council seat vacated by Natalie Sanders

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge presented Councilor Natalie Sanders, left, with a plaque at Sanders' final city council meeting on Sept. 3, 2019.Scappoose City Councilor Natalie Sanders resigned from her position this week, creating a vacancy on the council.

"I've learned a lot, of course," Sanders said at the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. "Working with all the councilors has been great and city staff — you guys are amazing. You made my job easy, so thank you for that."

The resignation is due to Sanders relocating to The Dalles with her family. Sanders served on the council for almost three years, having been elected in November 2016.

In that election, Sanders beat out incumbent Joel Haugen by just 12 votes to be elected along with Megan Greisen and Patrick Kessi. In Scappoose, voters select their top three candidates from those appearing on the ballot, rather than voting to fill one position on the council.

At the City Council meeting, Sanders singled out Haugen.

"Thank you to Councilor Haugen, because you're the reason I'm here. You put this thought in my mind and it worked out and it's been a lot of fun," Sanders said.

Haugen was Sanders' junior high science teacher, Sander explained.

Haugen was reappointed to the council in March 2017, after Barbara Hayden resigned her position and moved out of Scappoose. Haugen retained his seat in the November 2018 election and was joined by Brandon Lesowske and Josh Poling.

The council can appoint someone to fill the position vacated by Sanders until the term's December 2020 end.

"It always makes you nervous when somebody leaves and you have to appoint somebody else, because we have such a cohesive unit. But I'm sure we'll find a good person to take your place — although we'd prefer you stay," Mayor Scott Burge said Tuesday.

"Can we annex The Dalles?" he joked.

Those interested in the City Council position can apply between now and Oct. 1.

Candidates will be interviewed by the City Council prior to the council voting for a candidate. To qualify for the position, applicants must be registered to vote in Oregon and must have resided in Scappoose for at least a year.

The unpaid position involves attending City Council meetings on the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The City Council consists of six councilors serving staggered four-year terms and the mayor.

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