Lake Stevens City Council names Kathy Holder as new memberBY PAM STEVENS | COPY EDITOR Holder sworn in at Monday’s council meeting After the resignation of council member Arnie Clark on Jan. 28 the existing Lake Stevens City Council was eager to appoint a new member.
Kathy Holder was chosen among five other applicants for the council position on Feb. 5.
The feeling of the council was that Holder would be a strong addition to the city. Her recent experience on the Parks Board and help with the Frontier Village annexation proves she has the experience and passion needed to fulfill the position.
Suzanne Quigley, also a new appointee to the council, feels very fortunate to have Holder accept this position.
“I think she’ll be a great addition to the council,” Quigley said. Adding that “she is a very forward looking, optimistic and hard working person.”
Holder moved into the Lake Stevens area seven years ago and quickly got involved in neighborhood projects and volunteering in her church.
She wanted to give more to the city but wasn’t able to since she was still living within the county. When Holder heard of the annexation efforts she quickly volunteered her time to help the annexation come to pass.
The Frontier Village area of Lake Stevens was successfully annexed on Dec. 21.
Holder has many goals she would like to accomplish while serving as a councilmember.
“First, I want to get up to speed with all that’s happening. The new civic ce=nter is a big issue right now, it’s an amazing opportunity,” Holder said.
She would like to make sure the city continues responsible development and keeping up with the environmental health of the lake. Holder would also like to see more functions like last year’s triathlon, come to the city.
The council decided that because of the outstanding resumes from the previous group of applicants, it would be beneficial to choose from that pool.
Because Quigley was not part of the last interviewing process she wanted to make sure that she had a good feel for each of the candidates. She quickly reviewed all of the recorded interviews and read through resumes so that she could get up to speed by the Feb. 5 meeting.
By choosing from the previous candidate pool, the council was able to save time and still have an experienced and qualified group to pick from.
Holder was sworn in at the city council meeting held Monday, Feb. 12.