In a town that pretty much runs on rumors, this is a doozy: Mayor Crystal Dingler is buying (or has already bought!) a house “out of town” and, after “her people” are elected in November, plans to resign and have her hand-picked person (rhymes with “itchy dart, man”) replace her. Even 1,500 miles away, I’ve heard variations of this often enough that I figured it’s “making the rounds”; so, though I felt a bit foolish, I asked her about this crazy scenario. The mayor promptly replied: “Wow, that’s quite a story. Truth is we are not selling our house, we are not moving away, and I do not plan on resigning. Also, under the RCW’s I do not have a hand in selecting my successor. If I died in office, for instance, the same procedure that we use to replace Councilmembers would happen: that is, a call for applicants, applicants speaking to Council, and Council voting on a replacement until the next election.
“I have been ill and announced on the radio this morning that I will be having surgery later this month.”