Ten applicants file for vacant Port Orchard council seat

During a special meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, 10 people – who applied for the vacant District 1 seat — will be interviewed by councilmembers.

The interviewing process begins at 9 a.m. at City Hall, in the Council Conference Room, 216 Prospect St. Prior to the interviews, the council will meet at 8:30 a.m. to identify the questions they want to ask the applicants.

Jim Colebank resigned from the council last month after he announced he was moving outside the city limits.

The applicants are Sherry Barnhart, Jeffrey Cartwright, Elizabeth Cottrell, Loretta Jacobs, Gil Michael, Kim Punt, Deborah Schmitt, Annette Stewart, Trish Tierney, and Nick Whittleton.

The following information was gather from the candidate's letter of interest or resume:

• Barnhart has lived in Port Orchard for 30 years and is owner of Blake Island Charters and owns Washington State Fundraisers Dining Card She is also vice commander of the Port Orchard Yacht Club, member of the Chamber of Commerce and Port Orchard Bay Street Association.

• Cartwright, who has worked for Kitsap Transit since 1995, has lived in South Kitsap since 1996 and in the city for the past two years.

• Cottrell, a longtime Port Orchard resident and former South Kitsap High School graduate, has a degree in construction management from the University of Washington. She has served on committees for the Courthouse Overlay Zoning and Port Orchard Shoreline Master Plan. Cottrell has worked in the construction and building industry and at Boeing.

• Jacobs, who has lived in McCormick Woods since 1998, owns Jacob Treasurers in Port Orchard.

• Michael, co-owner of Cedar Cove Inn, served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Central Florida. He has live in Port Orchard since 1995 and has been on the Planning Commission since 1996.

• Punt, who is council candidate, has worked in Port Orchard for 23 years and has lived in the city since 2002. She is active in many civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Fathoms o’ Fun, Olympic College Foundation and Rotary Club.

• Schmitt, who help form South Kitsap Helpline, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She also taught math at SKHS and is a part-time teacher at a local private school.

• Stewart, a longtime Port Orchard resident and Planning Commission member, works in the Human Resource department for the South Kitsap School District and was active in the SK Western Little League.

• Tierney, who has lived in Port Orchard since 2004, has resided in South Kitsap since 1982. She graduated from SKHS and earned a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in Oregon. Tierney is active with Leadership Kitsap, Chamber of Commerce and Kitsap Young Professionals. She was a member of the Kitsap Housing Coalition for five years and recipient of the “Forty Under 40 Award” from the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

• Whittleton, who has resided in South Kitsap since 1968, moved to the city in 1996. He retired from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after 37 years and now works part-time as a program analyst for the shipyard.





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