Moments after the City Council appointed him, Bruce McDougall is sworn in as the newest Council member. He will fill out the remainder of the term of John Archibald, who resigned as of the end of last month.
Prior to the vote Monday night, each Council member took their turn praising both McDougall and Bob Hyde, the two remaining applicants for Archibald’s seat after a third candidate, Chad Ehler, dropped out of consideration. Under Council rules, the Council itself appoints replacements following vacancies.
During a brief Q&A part of the meeting, McDougall said the City Council is a team and that he brings technology experience that is driving the economy today. McDougall is an engineering consultant for Cisco Systems. McDougall said he will seek election to his new position in the upcoming primary.
Bob Hyde stressed his past experience in government, having worked as the city’s Public Works Director for five years before joining the Port of Anacortes as Executive Director. He said a passion drives him in his work and life. Hyde said he would seek an elected position, but, “not necessarily the position,” filled by McDougall.
Hyde’s tenure at the Port was clouded by his resignation in 2014. His appointment to Council was opposed by two union leaders. Anacortes Firefighters union leader Steve Monrad and Teamsters Union local president Jennifer Thompson emailed the Council separately opposing Hyde’s appointment.