From left, Port Townsend City Council members David Faber, Amy Howard, Monica MickHager and Owen Rowe simultaneously take the oath of office Monday night. Faber and Howard were re-elected in November, while MickHager and Rowe began their first four-year terms. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

From left, Port Townsend City Council members David Faber, Amy Howard, Monica MickHager and Owen Rowe simultaneously take the oath of office Monday night. Faber and Howard were re-elected in November, while MickHager and Rowe began their first four-year terms. (Brian McLean/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend City Council swears in new members

MickHager, Rowe join municipal body

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend City Council welcomed two new faces and a familiar mayor during its first meeting of the year.

Monica MickHager and Owen Rowe, both of whom were elected in November, took the oath of office Monday night along with David Faber and Amy Howard, sitting council members who were re-elected to four-year terms.

The council also elected Michelle Sandoval to her third two-year term as mayor in an unanimous vote following a nomination by Faber.

MickHager and Rowe replace Deborah Stinson and Bob Gray, respectively.

MickHager, who has served in the city planning commission for more than a decade, said she is looking forward to working with the council for the next four years.

“It is a huge responsibility that our community gives us by their vote, and I am deeply honored and slightly terrified,” she said.

“This job takes a great amount of time if one reads all the documents given to us in our packets, asks questions of city staff to understand the issues before the council and remains open and considerate to the other members.”

Rowe, a former chair of the city arts commission, currently is the president of the board for The Food Co-op. He ran unopposed when Gray, a proponent of term limits, stepped down after two four-year stints.

The vote for mayor comes from within the seven-member council and determines the presiding officer.

City Clerk Joanna Sanders opened the process, which included Rowe’s nomination of Howard for mayor, although Howard declined to be included in a vote.

Sandoval was the only council member to receive a nomination.

Faber was re-elected to the deputy mayor position in a 5-2 paper vote.

Council member Ariel Speser, who participated by phone after she gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday, nominated Faber. MickHager nominated Rowe, who received the other two votes.

The council also authorized Speser to call in to a workshop meeting next Monday and a business meeting Jan. 21. The council will meet on Tuesday that week because city offices will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

________

Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at [email protected].

More in Politics

Trump administration to release final rule on mileage rollback

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) —… Continue reading

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

By Nicholas Riccardi and Rachel LaCorte | Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP)… Continue reading

Washington state House, Senate pass major bills

State requires sex ed, takes gun safety measures, bans free plastic bags

Biden declared winner over Sanders in Washington state

Former Vice President Joe Biden was declared winner over Vermont… Continue reading

EYE ON CONGRESS: Senate takes on coronavirus economic aid

The Senate will take up bills on coronavirus economic aid… Continue reading

COVID-19 response became legislative priority in Washington

Session ends with supplemental budget, emergency funding

GOP county leader running for legislative seat

SEQUIM— A Clallam County Republican Party leader from Sequim, who was chairing… Continue reading

Protesters urge governor to veto sex education legislation

Opponents of the law ignore warnings to avoid crowds amid COVID-19 outbreak

Legislation would make feminine hygiene products tax-free

Senate Bill 5147 heads to the governor’s desk

Sue Forde announces candidacy for state representative

SEQUIM— Clallam County Republican chair Sue Forde has announced candidacy for the… Continue reading

Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in Jefferson County

Former VP likely to earn Democratic nomination

Biden takes lead in Clallam Democratic primary

Former vice president also ahead statewide