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Shawn Campbell - City Clerk


Application for Appointment to City of Auburn City Council Position No. 1

Thank you for your interest in serving the community as a member of the City of Auburn City Council.

The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:
Dec. 13 - Jan. 3, 2023 Applications are due to the City Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on January 3, 2023
Jan. 9 - 13, 2023 City Council review of applications and finalists chosen
Jan. 23, 2023 City Council to conduct interviews of qualified applicants (limit 5 finalists).
Jan. 23, 2023 The Council will vote to fill the vacancy at the City Council meeting
To be considered, your application must be completed and received by the City Clerk at Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main Street, Auburn, Washington, 98001, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Applications received after 5:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Mailing post-marked applications will also not be accepted.

Additional written information after this date will not be accepted, unless requested by the City Council.

  • Please submit the completed application below.

  • May be submitted in hard copy or electronically. 

For further information, please contact Shawn Campbell, City Clerk 

The application packet should be submitted to:

Shawn Campbell, City Clerk 
RE: Council Vacancy Recruitment
City of Auburn 
25 West Main Street
Auburn, WA  98001


Please click "Next" to continue your application.

Councilmember Eligibility, Requirements, and Public Disclosure

To be eligible to be appointed to the Auburn City Council, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Voter Registration Requirement: Must be a registered voter in the city of Auburn and the county of your residence in accordance with RCW 35a.12.030.

  • Resident of Washington, and resident of Auburn for at least one year proceeding the appointment in accordance with RCW 35a.12.030. 

If you do NOT meet the above requirements please stop here and exit this application. If you do meet the above requirements, please click the "Next" button.

Please note that:

  • Once a Councilmember application is filed with the City, it is a public record available to the public.

  • Applications received from candidates who meet the minimum requirements, along with answers to the supplemental questions, will be posted on the City of Auburn’s website as part of the Council’s meeting packet the week of the applicant’s presentation to Council. 

  • If you are appointed to the vacant position by a majority vote of the City Council, your term will expire on the date that the November 2023 General Election is certified.

  • If appointed, you will be required by State law to file financial disclosure statements with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (

City Council Duties and Compensation

The City of Auburn operates under a Mayor – Council form of government. The seven-member City Council is the legislative body and authority of the City of Auburn. The Council is responsible for setting policy, adopting the annual budget, adopting laws, determining the services to be provided and the funding levels for those services, and appointing citizens to its advisory boards and commissions.

The duties of a City Council Member will likely involve an average minimum commitment of 18-20 hours per month for preparation, participation, and attendance at various meetings and community activities. Beyond the broad duties previously mentioned, Council Member duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance is required at regular City Council meetings which are held on the first and third Monday evenings of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and can run to 9:00 p.m. and occasionally later. From time to time, the Council or Mayor may call special Council meetings to handle City business. Attendance is also required at Council retreats, Council-staff meetings, and Mayor-Council meetings.

  • Councilmembers are expected to attend Study Sessions meetings as well, which have been held on the second and fourth Monday of every month as well as special focus area meetings. Special focus area meetings and other Council-related functions can occur before or during business hours and may also occur during the evening or weekend.

  • Some travel is expected locally, regionally, and/or within the State of Washington, involving various organizations of which the City of Auburn is a member. Council Members may also, at their discretion travel and attend training, education, and/or participate in other organizations at the local, regional, State, or in some instances, the national level. Travel, education, and training expenses for local, regional, State, and national activities are reimbursed in accordance with City policy applicable to all employees and City officials, subject to the budgetary limit set for each Council Member and for the City Council as a whole.

  • The monthly Council Member salary as of January 1, 2022 is $1,460.28 per month with no benefits.

After reading the qualifications and expectations and you are still interested in applying for the city council vacancy, please click the "Next" button to begin your application.

Applicant Information

Residence Address

Mailing Address (If different)

Are you registered to vote in the county of your residence in Auburn?

Date of City of Auburn Residency (If you have not lived continuously in Auburn for one year or more you are not qualified to apply.)

Have you continuously lived in Auburn city limits for at least one year since residency date above?


Past Work Experience Provide the following information for each corresponding section:a) Name of Businessb) City, State of Businessc) Dates of service and job function(s)


Provide the following information for each corresponding section:

a) Name of Institution and location (City, State)

b) Degree, certification or diploma earned. If none, describe subjects studied

c) Dates of attendance or year of completion 

Related Skills 

Please list any related skills or training that will be beneficial as a city councilmember.

Selected Accomplishments 

Please note any accomplishments, awards or other notable recognitions you've received.

Supplemental Questions

Please respond to the following questions regarding your interest in the position of Council Member for the City of Auburn in the space provided:

REMINDER: completed application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. will not be accepted, and mailing post-marked applications will not be accepted.  

The "Submit" button may be used to return this application electronically. If returning a printed copy, the application and any correspondence should be addressed to: 

Shawn Campbell, City Clerk 
RE: Council Vacancy Recruitment
City of Auburn 
25 West Main Street
Auburn, WA  98001