Planning Commission Chair Charles Schaefer was removed by a 4–3 vote at the Burien City Council’s Special Hearing Thursday night, June 15, 2023.
Voting to remove him after a nearly three-hour, contentious and emotional meeting were Mayor Sofia Aragon, Deputy Mayor Kevin Schilling, Councilmembers Jimmy Matta and Stephanie Mora.
Voting against his removal were Councilmembers Cydney Moore, Hugo Garcia and Sarah Moore.
Schaefer had served as the unpaid, volunteer chair of the city’s Planning Commission for just over one year.
His term was set to expire March 31, 2026.
We will have more information about the hearing in a full story, which will be posted soon.