The News Guard
Lincoln City Councilor Rick Brissette has resigned from office, leaving Council with two vacant seats in the run up to the May 17 election.
However, it appears unlikely that Council will have enough time to put Brissette’s Ward I seat on the May 17 ballot, meaning voters might have to wait until September or November to select a replacement.
Brissette was elected to Council unopposed in 2004 after serving on the planning commission for several years. He was re-elected unopposed in 2008.
He represented Ward I, which covers roughly all of the city north of North 21st Street.
City Recorder Cathy Steere said Brissette submitted his resignation on Tuesday, March 1, the day after Council’s Monday Feb. 28 meeting, for which he had an excused absence.
Steere said Council is scheduled to discuss how to handle the vacancy at its Monday, March 14 meeting, just three days before the County Clerk’s Office’s filing deadline for the May 17 election.
Mayor Dick Anderson said there is no way Council will be able to get the vacant seat on the May ballot because the City’s March 11 deadline for applications will have already passed by the time councilors consider the issue.
Anderson said that while Council has the ability to appoint a replacement, he favors election.
He said he feels Council can operate with just five members until the May election to fill the Ward III seat left vacant by the death of Councilor Ed Kuntz provides a sixth.
Anderson said Brissette’s resignation letter was brief and stated a desire to devote more time to his family and business.
“He’s served his time,” Anderson said. “Now, others need to step forward.”
Brissette served roughly half of the 4-year term to which he was elected in 2008, with the term set to expire at the end of 2012.
In addition to his role as councilor, Brissette served as the City’s representative on the Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation, a group that is the City’s link to the Oregon department of Transportation.
He also serves as chair of the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency, a role that will now likely be filled by newly elected Councilor Henry Quandt, who was elected vice chair at the start of this year.
Council’s other vacant seat, the Ward III post left vacant by the death of Councilor Ed Kuntz, will feature on the May 17 ballot.
Steere said she has received two applications for the post so far — from local businessman Kent Seida and former city councilor Roger Sprague.
The partially expired term also runs until the end of 2012 and is open to anyone who is eligible to vote and who has resided in Ward III since September 17, 2010.
Ward III stretches from the southern city limits to S.E. 14th Street in Delake.
Candidate packets are available from City Recorder Cathy Steere and must be completed and returned before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.