City Council Vacancy

The Stanwood City Council is accepting letters of interest from citizens interested in applying to fill Position 3 vacated by Councilmember Elizabeth Callaghan when voted in as Mayor, July 23, 2020. The vacancy will be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends December 2023.

The City Council serves as the legislative governing body in the Mayor-Council form of government, with all positions elected at large. The Council provides legislative oversight, creates municipal laws and regulations, levies taxes, borrows money, appropriates spending, serves a quasi-judicial role on some issues and confirms certain appointments.

To be eligible to hold office, City Charter states a person must be a registered voter and resident of the City for one year prior to being appointed. No City elected officer can hold any other office or employment within City government.

The Council meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Meetings start at 7 p.m. in the Stanwood-Camano School District Administration Building, located at 26920 Pioneer Highway.

How are vacancies filled when a Councilmember leaves prior to the end of his or her term?

In case of a vacancy, the remaining Councilmembers will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next regularly scheduled election pursuant to RCW 42.12.070 and as outlined in the City Council Rules of Procedure. The Council will publish a notice of the vacancy, the procedure by which the vacancy will be filled, and the application form on the City’s website and distribute the information through other media channels. Interviews of candidates will take place during a meeting open to the public. 


a. Applications are open to residents currently residing within the city limits of Stanwood for at least one year.

b. Registered voter in Stanwood (to register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of
    Washington State and at least 18 years old by Election Day)


1. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 16, 2020.

a. Applicants  will submit letters of interest (LOI) and supporting documents online.

2. The applications will be considered at the September 10, 2020 City Council Meeting.

a. Applicants will be given three minutes to share with Council their qualifications and interest. 

b. Council will have a Q&A session after the presentations.

c. Council will then convene to Executive Session to discuss applicants.

City Council Vacancy Application