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The Sequim City Council voted to appoint Keith Larkin to fill the open position on the Council at the October 26 City Council meeting. Larkin will fill the seat vacated by Troy Tenneson who resigned due to a family emergency. The appointment will expire on December 31, 2021. Appointed Councilors are required by State law to run for election at the next City Council election, which will occur in November 2021. The Council made the decision after interviewing six candidates: Janine Bocciardi; Kathy Downer; Keith Larkin; Vicki Lowe; George Norris; and Lowell Rathburn. Larkin was sworn into office by City Clerk Sara McMillion at the virtual meeting.
Larkin is retired from 36 years in California State service including six years as the Fire Chief for Fresno County Fire Protection District and two years as the Northern California Region Chief for CALFIRE (Department of Forestry & Fire Protection). He has lived in Sequim for approximately two and a half years.
“These are challenging times for the City of Sequim. Now, more than ever, it is critical to have full Councilmember participation with the many issues facing the City. Of particular concern is the rapid growth occurring in and around the City and I feel it is important to have all seats occupied on the Council as vitally important decisions are made. These decisions will have long term effects on the City and its citizens,” Larkin wrote in his application on why he was interested in serving.
“I’m excited to have Mr. Larkin join our Sequim City Council. His extensive executive management experience combined with public engagement will be an asset for the citizens of Sequim. He will add to our great relationship with Fire District 3 and emergency management combined with his down to earth common-sense approach. Welcome aboard!” said Mayor William Armacost.