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Council interviewing top 3 to fill vacancy

The top three candidates to fill the Position 1 council vacancy will go through another round of interviews today.

During the Aug. 20 work session, the candidates, who were attending the meeting, agreed to meet with the council. The council is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. to discuss possible candidate questions, then interview the candidates separately during a 90-minute span.

Kim Punt is scheduled to be interviewed at 2:30 p.m., followed by Jeffery Cartwright at 3 p.m. and Trish Tierney at 3:30 p.m.

Following the final interview, the council will meet in executive session to discuss the qualifications of the candidates.

The council announced its top three choices from 10 applicants interviewed Aug. 9. The three candidates are vying to fill the seat vacated by Jim Colebank, who resigned his position last month because he was moving outside the city limits.

Councilman Jerry Childs congratulated the three candidates during the work session.

“Excellent interviews by the three candidates,” Childs said. “I’m so pleased to see you getting in the process and doing so well.”

Punt, who also is a candidate for Carolyn Powers’ Position 2 council seat, is active with Fathoms o’ Fun, South Kitsap Rotary Club, Concerts on the Bay and Olympic College Foundation. She also is a downtown business owner and resides in McCormick Woods.

Cartwright has worked for Kitsap Transit since 1995 and has been the Human Resource director for seven years. He has lived in South Kitsap since 1996 and moved into the city two years ago.

Tierney, a Port Orchard native and former graduate of South Kitsap High School, is involved with Leadership Kitsap, Kitsap Youth Professionals and Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College in Oregon.

Councilman Rob Putaansuu suggested the candidates write a 150-word essay, answering two questions. The essays would be presented to the council before the interviews.

The council disagreed with Putannsuu’s suggestion.

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