Washougal City Council member Alexandra “Alex” Yost has resigned from her position, effective immediately.
Yost, who told The Post-Record she stepped down for “personal and professional reasons,” announced her resignation during the council’s meeting on Dec. 6.
“It was a difficult decision to make, but ultimately the right one for me,” Yost said.
Appointed to replace former city council member Joyce Lindsay in the spring of 2018, Yost — then a community organizer and chef-owner of the now-defunct OurBar in downtown Washougal — described herself as “a liberal inclusive.”
She ran unopposed for her Position 4 city council seat in the Nov. 5, 2019 general election, and garnered 96 percent of the vote, with 4 percent of voters preferring write-in candidates.
Yost now works for the Washougal School District and is pursuing certification as a career technical education instructor.
On Monday, former Washougal mayor and current Washougal City Council member Molly Coston said she appreciated everything Yost has done for the city.
“I appreciate everything that you brought forward to us. Maybe we didn’t always accept the sum of the concepts that you brought to us, but I do think they are important, and I hope you’ll continue to push us to move forward into the future,” Coston said.
Washougal City Manager David Scott said city officials will begin to search for Yost’s replacement this week. He said council members may conduct interviews with potential city council candidates at the council’s meeting Jan. 10.