Puyallup City Council member Kent Boyle resigns ahead of election to fill his seat

Staff writerSeptember 17, 2013 

Puyallup City Council member Kent Boyle announced his resignation in a letter to the city manager Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Rick Hansen read the letter aloud during Tuesday night's regular council meeting, which Boyle did not attend.

"While resigning was not my intent, circumstances have occurred that make it necessary for me to leave two months before my term ends," Boyle wrote. "I appreciate and treasure my past 10 years of public service in Puyallup."

In the letter, Boyle indicated that he and his wife are moving to a new home in Steilacoom and that the process was quicker than anticipated. 

Candidates Julie Door and Chris McNutt are running for the open District 3 position, following Boyle's decision to forgo a second term.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council discussed the potential to temporarily fill the seat as some crucial issues approach, including replacing outgoing City Manager Bill McDonald and budget deliberations.

McDonald said council members shouldn't worry about the vacancy ahead of budget talks; any vote on the matter will likely come after the election and the new council member can participate, he said.

"Candidates will get all the material council gets," he said. "That satisfies the requirement that they are fully informed."

Although a decision has yet to made on whether or not the vacancy will be temporarily filled, Councilman John Knutsen said the council has indicated it will likely leave the spot vacant until a permanent replacement is chosen in the general election.

Councilman John Palmer acknowledged Boyle's resignation at the end of the meeting Tuesday, thanking him for his years of service.

"He’s been a longtime member of our city and he’s done a fine job," he said.

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