Five Finalists To Replace Kathy Keene On Burien City Council Are Named

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by Ralph Nichols

Five finalists for the Burien City Council position that Kathy Keene will vacate effective Dec. 31 were announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 9).

The five hopefuls for Council Position 6, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Duane Douglas Camerota – owner of Duane’s Garden Patch and past owner of Cugina’s Produce.
  • Gregory Duff – Burien Planning Commission member, past president of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, and concrete mixer truck driver.
  • John C. Elliott – quality systems project manager with Boeing.
  • Andrea H. Reay – production administrator with Seattle Opera.
  • Gerald F. Robison – attorney with a law practice in Burien, president of White Center Jubilee Days.

Burien City Manager Mike Martin said he is attempting to schedule council interviews of all candidates for Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. He hopes to confirm a date and time later this afternoon.

The interviews, which will be conducted in the Miller Creek Conference Room on the third floor of the Library/City Hall building, are open to the public. Each interview may last about 15 minutes.

Keene, who was elected to the council in 2007, announced her resignation in September to move to Florida and retire.

She is also a Water District 20 commissioner, a member of the state Public Works Trust Fund Board, and a board member with the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts.

Council members are expected to announce their top candidate to replace Keene on Dec. 6. At the first council meeting in January, they will vote; then the successful nominee will be sworn in and seated.

The new council member will fill the remainder of Keene’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2011.

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8 Responses to “Five Finalists To Replace Kathy Keene On Burien City Council Are Named”
  1. Debi Wagner says:

    Editor: Regarding the open seat on the Burien City Council, I was a little surprised that I was not chosen as one of the five finalists, although it looks like all five have experience and expertise that I am sure would be an asset to the council. I am not surprised because I think I am more qualified, or more able, I am surprised because former First Mayor Arun Jhaveri gave me a wonderful recommendation. I am fairly confident that the city respects the opinions of this great man who has done so much to lay the foundations of this city we call home. I am left wondering whether this selection process was not about individuals who might best represent the interests most important to Burien as a whole, but about something else, making this process sad for those who made effort and took others’ valuable time for nothing.
    Debi Wagner

    • Eaton B. Verz says:

      Debi, since when has qualifications/ability meant anything to this council? These are the people who keep our city manager on the payroll depite a proven history of alcohol abuse. These are the people who hired an unqualified person to run our animal control and still pay her despite not receiving the sevices we were promised. You probably should have taken Mr. Martin out for cocktails. I still say Ferel Dog should have thrown his hat into the ring!!! City of Buriens loss….

  2. Dena says:

    Duane Camerota is the owner of Duane’s Garden Patch – it is not called Doug’s Garden Patch. Thanks!

  3. Debi Wagner says:

    Very funny Eaton. Arun’s letter of recommendation painted a picture of me as a modern day George Washington, a (VIP) person with vision, integrity and passion with vast amounts of public service background. This is why it is so shocking they passed this by. They don’t even know me so they couldn’t have seen negative aspects in anything. But I have no regrets about not being chosen, I merely like to expose things I see as unfair or have a flavor of favoritism. Maybe I’m even relieved because it is hard work to understand processes, budgets and unjustifiable animal euthanasias and fix the problems of irresponsible public works endeavours while advocating a citizen oriented transparent, unbiased course correction.

  4. rainycity says:

    Maybe they were looking for someone just little more humble.

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