City Council Vacancy Appointment Questions

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At their meeting on Thursday, April 11, Ridgefield City Council unanimously appointed Katie Favela to fill a mid-term vacancy after a rigorous and competitive process that included a detailed application, public forum, and interviews with City Council. Favela will stand for election in November 2025 to retain the seat through the remainder of the term for Position 5.


Ridgefield City Councilmember Rob Aichele resigned Position 5 on City Council effective February 9, 2024. State law provides that City Council “shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.”

The term for Position 5 will expire in 2027, however, the appointee will have to stand for election in November 2025 to retain the seat through 2027.

The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:

  • Friday, March 8, 2024: Applications due to City Clerk by Noon.
  • March 8 – March 15, 2024: Council will review applications to determine candidates who will move forward in the process.
  • February 13 – March 19, 2024: Residents may submit questions online at RidgefieldRoundtable.org to be considered for use during the public forum or the City Council interview.
  • Monday, March 25 6-7 PM: Public forum to introduce candidates to Ridgefield residents and give them the opportunity to express their ideas and opinions about what they would do if appointed to a City Council position. Public Forum Recording (YouTube).
  • *Thursday, April 11, 2024: During a public study session, City Council will interview candidates. During the regular session, Council will appoint a new Councilmember. The New Councilmember will be sworn in and attend the regularly scheduled Council meeting.

*These dates have been adjusted since original release to make sure that the opportunity is accessible and inclusive for anyone who is interested and qualified.

Additional information about the process and how to apply can be found on the City website: https://ridgefieldwa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=71

Residents can participate in the process by submitting questions below to be asked during the public forum or Council interviews.

At their meeting on Thursday, April 11, Ridgefield City Council unanimously appointed Katie Favela to fill a mid-term vacancy after a rigorous and competitive process that included a detailed application, public forum, and interviews with City Council. Favela will stand for election in November 2025 to retain the seat through the remainder of the term for Position 5.


Ridgefield City Councilmember Rob Aichele resigned Position 5 on City Council effective February 9, 2024. State law provides that City Council “shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.”

The term for Position 5 will expire in 2027, however, the appointee will have to stand for election in November 2025 to retain the seat through 2027.

The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:

  • Friday, March 8, 2024: Applications due to City Clerk by Noon.
  • March 8 – March 15, 2024: Council will review applications to determine candidates who will move forward in the process.
  • February 13 – March 19, 2024: Residents may submit questions online at RidgefieldRoundtable.org to be considered for use during the public forum or the City Council interview.
  • Monday, March 25 6-7 PM: Public forum to introduce candidates to Ridgefield residents and give them the opportunity to express their ideas and opinions about what they would do if appointed to a City Council position. Public Forum Recording (YouTube).
  • *Thursday, April 11, 2024: During a public study session, City Council will interview candidates. During the regular session, Council will appoint a new Councilmember. The New Councilmember will be sworn in and attend the regularly scheduled Council meeting.

*These dates have been adjusted since original release to make sure that the opportunity is accessible and inclusive for anyone who is interested and qualified.

Additional information about the process and how to apply can be found on the City website: https://ridgefieldwa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=71

Residents can participate in the process by submitting questions below to be asked during the public forum or Council interviews.

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