City of Mill Creek names council member for Position 6
Adam Morgan ran once in 2019
Last updated 11/4/2020 at 10:03am
Adam Morgan was appointed Oct. 20 to Position 6 of the Mill Creek City Council.
Morgan is the owner of Porchlight Homes and a former Merrill Lynch financial advisor, his application states. He was selected from a pool of seven candidates to fill the seat left vacant by Mike Todd. Todd resigned from Position 6 to take on a role as public works director for the City.
Position 6 is one of two filled recently on the Mill Creek City Council. Position 3 was recently filled when Benjamin Biles was appointed by the council. Biles took the seat of former Mayor Pam Pruitt who resigned abruptly after a lengthy service to the City.
Up until 2002, a two-step process was once required for council resignations. That process included one announcement and one acceptance by the governing body, according to the Municipal Research and Services Center, a nonprofit that assists municipalities on law and policy.
In State ex rel. Munroe v. Poulsbo ruled that the second step was no longer needed and a councilmember could quit even during a council meeting and that act can complete the resignation process, according to MRSC.
Morgan draws on a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University at Northridge. He is a six-year resident of Mill Creek and has run for council before, in 2019. He said on his application letter that he prides himself on a "knowledge of financial systems and the importance of proper budgeting."
Morgan was sworn in at the end of the meeting.
Melissa Duque and Ryan Nichols were in the top three before Morgan was selected. The process included nominations followed by two voting sessions of the council. Other candidates considered were Gaurav Kumar, Sid Siegel, Joni Earl and Jon Ramer.
Interviews were public and are available on the City website, under the "City Council" tab. All interviews were done remotely via GoTo Meeting, in keeping with social distancing protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Candidate qualifications were discussed out of public view, in executive session, an allowable reason to exclude the public, according to the Open Public Meetings Act.
The City is also in the process of vetting a new police chief. The name of the likely police chief has not yet been released.
Look for more coverage in the print edition of the Mill Creek Beacon.