Langley selects Black, again

For the second time in two weeks, Robin Black was appointed to the Langley City Council after another city council vote Monday.

Black was nominated by Councilman Bruce Allen, who was absent for the first vote on May 19, and voted in by councilmen Jim Sundberg and Thomas Gill. Despite briefly considering withdrawing her name from consideration, Black said she was pleased to have been sworn in June 2 on round two.

“I’m really excited about it,” Black said. “There’s a lot of big issues at stake in the coming months and I’m glad to be a part of them.”

The appointment process had to be redone after the city learned it erred in its procedure by allowing former Councilwoman Margot Jerome to vote on her replacement. Her resignation had ambiguous language that allowed for her to continue serving until the end of May or until the council found a new council member. But state law prohibits an outgoing council member from participating in a vote for their replacement.

Last month, Sundberg voted for Black which led to a tie vote. Gill and Neff voted for Sharon Emerson, and Mayor Fred McCarthy cast the tiebreaking vote for Black. Gill changed his vote Monday, and Neff decided to abstain from the vote as a way to express she was happy to work with either candidate, and not as a means to rebuff both.

“I think they both would have been great council people,” Neff said. “It was my way of saying that I support whom we chose, but I also support Sharon.”

In her May interview with the council, Black said she wanted to help Langley sustainably grow and attract families. Some of the issues she looked forward to delving into were the Dog House Tavern owners’ desire to demolish the building, Richard Francisco’s proposal to develop part of the First Street bluff and build a six-story mixed-use building, and the Island County Fairgrounds redesign proposal.

She was sworn in and then voted on her first piece of city business, confirming McCarthy’s nomination of Dave Marks as the city’s police chief.


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