Clark County’s newest county councilor, Richard Rylander Jr., was sworn in by County Clerk Scott Weber as the District 5 representative prior to the council’s 10 a.m. Tuesday hearing.
“I won’t say much because I’m a strong proponent of action,” Rylander said after taking the oath of office. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Clark County in total and serving District 5. I want you to know my door is open.”
Council Chair Karen Bowerman read from Gov. Jay Inslee’s April 29 letter appointing Rylander to the position. “The public sets high professional and ethical standards for those in public office. If we want to maintain its trust and support, we must always meet or exceed those standards. We must serve to the highest of ethical principles,” Bowerman read.
Bowerman said she was pleased to see the governor’s office work so quickly and thoroughly to fill the vacant council seat.
“I totally concur with what he says and writes in this letter. I must add that it was really a pleasure to work with the governor and his staff through this whole process,” Bowerman said. “We appreciate greatly his approach.”
Rylander was among three candidates whose names were sent to Inslee in March after the county council failed to reach agreement on filling the seat, which was vacated by Eileen Quiring O’Brien.
In an email sent Friday, Bowerman praised Rylander for his experience in the public and private sectors.
“Dick’s professional background shows data and technical experience which is reflected in extensive volunteer and board service in Clark County. I am pleased that our newest councilor has deep experience with serving Clark County and with District 5 in particular.” District 5 encompasses a large, rural portion of northeast Clark County.
“He knows the value of neighborhood associations, having been active in establishing them and supporting their initial activity where needed,” Bowerman added.
Rylander will receive the same salary as the other four council members, which is $66,300 per year. However, the salary rate for all of the councilors will increase to $67,464 in July in accordance with changes established by the Legislature.