Burien Council Appoints Gerald Robison To Replace Retired Kathy Keene

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Gerald Robison during his initial interview with the Burien City Council on Nov. 15, 2010. Photo by Michael Brunk.

The Burien City Council formally appointed on Jan. 3 local attorney Gerald Robison to replace Councilwoman Kathey Keene, who resigned effective Dec. 31 to move to Florida and retire.

Robison was then sworn in and seated as a council member.

Council members voted 5-1 for Robison. Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak, who had not supported his selection during a council discussion in early December, cast the lone dissenting vote.

Robison, whose practice includes a lot of property law, is a former member of the city Planning Commission and former counsel to the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.

“Well see what happens,” he told The B-Town Blog after the meeting. “I think the city is running pretty well right now, and hopefully I can help it run better.”

He will complete Keene’s term – her first on the council – which expires at the end of this year. He has already stated that he plans to run for a full four-year term as Position 6 council member this fall.

Lawmakers then unanimously elected Councilman Brian Bennett as deputy mayor for 2011. Bennett is beginning his second year on the city council.

Councilwoman Rose Clark, who was deputy mayor, nominated Bennett for the position.

There was no council discussion prior to either vote.

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