A retired attorney has succeeded in her second attempt to join the Washougal City Council.
Washougal City Council members this week appointed Janice Killion to fill the council’s vacant No. 4 position during a virtual meeting on Jan. 10.
Killion applied for the same spot in 2018, but lost to Alex Yost. Yost retained her council seat during the 2019 general election, but resigned halfway through her term, in December 2021.
“I’m really looking forward to helping wherever I can,” Killion said before being sworn in by Mayor Rochelle Ramos.
The six sitting council members interviewed Washougal residents Killion, Pam Rollins, Bill Durgan, Julian Good, John Henriksen and Brian Johnson for the position, brought back Killion and Rollins for a second round of questioning, then cast their final votes, four of which went to Killion.
“This was tough,” Council member Molly Coston said. “(We had) six highly qualified people, so I’m very, very pleased with the level of applicants that we had. It was a difficult decision.”
Killion practiced law for 19 years, mostly as a public agency attorney for the city of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Napa County.
“I’m a public agency attorney by trade and practice, so I know the legal duties and limitations of government — public records, open-meeting laws, ethics, public contracting, federal and state funding, and all of that,” she told the council. “I don’t need an education on government. I want to serve on the city council because the last decades of my career were spent representing local governments. I’m a public servant at heart, for better or worse.”
Killion, who moved to Washougal in 2017, volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for foster care youth in Clark County. She also served as a member of the Clark County Clean Water Commission from 2018 to 2020.