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Colebank resigns from Port Orchard City Council
Jim Colebank announced he was resigning from his City Council Position No 1 seat, effective July 31.
Councilman Fred Chang tweeted late Tuesday night about Colebank’s resignation after the July 9 Council meeting.
"I've enjoyed my time on the Council," said Colebank on Thursday. "I enjoyed the people, meeting people and working on the transportation committees."
Colebank said the Council is a great group to be part of.
"All the City Council members are great," he added. "We got to be a closer knitted team as we were together longer."
Councilwoman Cindy Lucarelli said she was surprised by Colebank’s announcement.
“Jim has been a stable member of the Council,” said Lucarelli. “He is a man with integrity and he’s going to be missed. He’s leaving quite a gap in the Council.”
Colebank was elected to the City Council in January 2008. He was in his second term, which would have ended December 2015.
Councilman Jerry Childs and Colebank joined the Council together in 2008.
“We had the same purpose and many of the same philosophies,” Childs said. “We wanted efficient government, keeping taxes low, and pursuing growth through sensible targeted annexation. Those philosophies and Jim’s uncanny ability to see things from the ’10,000 foot level as he often related, has served Port Orchard well in the recent economic downturn. ”
Childs and Colebank worked together on the Economic Development and Tourism committee for the last six years promoting the town and encouraging and empowering business.
“ It has been a tough environment, but promoting the town through our festivals and activities, and most recently the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway, has generated great energy and excitement for what is ahead,” Childs said. “I am sure Jim is disappointed not to be going forward with us, but he will be greatly missed as a force of wisdom and calm on the City Council.”
According to Childs, the City would post a notice to fill the seat, then the Council would appoint a nominating committee to review the applicants. The committee would bring the names before the Council to vote on.
“Hopefully we could have someone appointed by early August,” Childs said.
Childs said the appointee would fill the post until the end of year, then a special election would be held next year.
Colebank represented the City as a member of several regional boards, including the Puget Sound Regional Council, Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council and Kitsap Economic Development Alliance.
Mayor Tim Matthes said Colebank’s announcement was not “completely unexpected” because he is working on a new house outside the city limits.
“Jim has been a very consistent councilman and stick to what he said during his election — ‘no additional taxes,’” said Matthes. “He has been an advocate as far as taxes goes and he’ll be missed. I haven’t always agreed with him, but he’s always been very consistent.”
Matthes said he plans to meet with his staff today to review the steps of appointing someone to fill Colebank’s vacancy.
In June 2011, Colebank began efforts to begin the annexation process for a shoreline residential area along Beach Drive. He is building a house outside the city limits on property he owns a 1.25-acre lot along Beach Drive.
He’s been a resident of Kitsap County for 55 years and Port Orchard 27 years where he lives with his wife, Paulette.