Councilor accepts a job in Seattle area

by: OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Ken QuinbyCouncilor Ken Quinby resigned from his position on the Fairview City Council effective Monday, Oct. 14, citing a “career opportunity out of state” as the reason for his departure.

The announcement was made on the city’s website.

Quinby has served in the City Council’s Position 2 since 2004. He also served between 1998 and 2002.

Following a discussion at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Mike Weatherby said the vacant council seat is now open for applications.

The position will remain open until Dec. 31. The council will interview candidates the first week of January and pick a replacement, Weatherby said.

“It should be interesting,” he said.

Quinby said his departure is bittersweet.

“I hate to leave Fairview. I absolutely love the city,” he said. “I like the progress I’ve been able to make for citizens, business owners and taxpayers of Fairview. But I’ve been offered a job out of state I just can’t turn down.”

Quinby is moving to the greater Seattle area where he will start his new job in sales.

The former Fairview city councilor said it’s disappointing to leave so soon after he had just been re-elected to a four-year term, albeit on a good note after helping children install the new playground at Park Cleone.

But after spending more than 13 years “fighting for the citizens of Fairview,” on a City Council position that doesn’t pay, Quinby said he’s ready for a break.

“I’m strongly appreciative of the Fairview voters who have continued to re-elect me every campaigning season,” he said. “I’m sorry I have to bail after just being re-elected, but with the economy being where it is, I have to go where the money is.”

While serving on the council, Quinby worked in property management and maintenance in Fairview.

He said he’s looking forward to settling in a new home and getting established in his new job.

“It’s a sale position with a base salary, commission and a bonus system that’s going to put me well into six figures per year,” he said. “And I just can’t walk away from that.”

Mayor Mike Weatherby got the news sometime after 5 p.m. Monday.

After turning in his key card to the city administrator, Quinby sent an email to councilors and the mayor.

“It was a total and complete surprise,” Weatherby said. “He seemed to be very engaged, although obviously wasn’t happy about the committees.

Quinby was removed from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee last week.

Weatherby said the email Quinby sent was brief and pleasant and stated he had been offered a position.

“I wish him well, and I think everyone does,” the mayor said.

As for filling Quinby’s shoes, the council will interview candidates and vote on the person who will hold the council position until the next election in November 2014.

Candidates will run to serve the remaining two years of the term.

At this point, he doesn’t know of any applicants.

“I really want to keep it open because I’d like to see unanimity on the council,” he said.

He’s looking for someone who has the ability to work well with people, “A good person for Fairview who can work with all of us,” Weatherby said.

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