By Ann McCreary

A vacant seat on the Twisp Town Council won’t be filled until after the November election, the Town Council decided last week.

Clay Hill's move to Olympia left a vacancy on the Twisp Town Council.

Clay Hill’s move to Olympia left a vacancy on the Twisp Town Council.

With the resignation of Clay Hill on Sept. 8, the council is required by state law to appoint a replacement within 90 days. That gives the council until Dec. 8 to act on the replacement.

Hill had been running for re-election to the council before resigning to take a job in Olympia. He was being challenged for the position by Dwight Filer, who owns a plumbing business in Twisp.

Council members noted that if they decided to appoint someone immediately, they would feel compelled to follow previous policies for filling vacancies – opening the position to any interested town resident, requiring advertising and interviews.

However, if Filer – who is now unopposed – wins the election, the council could ask him to step into the position early, council members said.

Newly elected council members are normally sworn in after Jan. 1. In the case of an unexpired term, however, the winner of an election can be sworn in as soon as the election is certified, according to Jackie Moriarity, Twisp town clerk.

The election is expected to be certified by Nov. 26, which would allow the council time to make an appointment within the 90 days required by law, Moriarity said.