5 locals appointed to Sustainable Tacoma Commission

Five local residents have been formally appointed or re-appointed to the City of Tacoma's Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

Five local residents have been formally appointed or re-appointed to the City of Tacoma’s Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

In April, the City of Tacoma put a call out for candidates to apply to fill vacancies on the 11-member commission. Last month, Tacoma City Council’s Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee interviewed eight candidates to fill the positions: Stephanie E. Brock (Council District 1); Ken Campbell (Council District 1); Sarah Chessman (Council District 5); Christine Cooley (Council District 2 — seeking re-appointment); Felicity Devlin (Council District 1); Todd Hay (Council District 1); Eileen Moore (Council District 2 — seeking re-appointment); and Caitlin White (Council District 4).

On Tuesday, Tacoma City Council approved a resolution to re-appoint Cooley and Moore to each serve three-year terms to expire on April 30, 2017; appoint Chessman to serve a three-year term to expire on April 30, 2017; appoint Devlin to serve an unexpired term to expire on April 30, 2016; and appoint Campbell to serve an unexpired term to expire on April 30, 2015.

“We had a slate of really, really impressive candidates and had a really difficult job winnowing down the field,” said Tacoma City Councilmember Ryan Mello, who also chairs the Infrastructure, Planning, and Sustainability Committee. “We conducted interviews, had good discussion, and — at the end of the day — we’re very proud to forward these five citizens who are committed to this work, come with a good diversity of background and experience, and — we believe — will add a lot of value to the work of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission. We’re looking forward to them hitting the ground running and getting to work for us.”

“The [commission] does really important work with our Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability — and all departments — to make sure that we are implementing our climate action plan, saving money, and making our city healthier and more resilient,” added Councilmember Mello.

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Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index and recipient of an award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for his work covering historic preservation in Tacoma and Pierce County. He has earned four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including first-place honors for his feature article about Seattle’s bike messengerssecond-place honors for his feature article about whistle-blowers in Washington State; third-place honors for his feature article about the University of Washington’s Innocence Project; and third-place honors for his feature interview with Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright. His work has appeared in All About Jazz, City Arts Tacoma, Earshot Jazz, Homeland Security Today, Jazz Steps, Journal of the San Juans, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Prison Legal News, Rain Taxi, Real Change, Seattle Business Monthly, Seattle magazine, Tablet, Washington CEO, Washington Law & Politics, and Washington Free Press. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. His journalism is collected online at wahmee.com.

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