Vader Mayor Ken Smith (right) administers the oath of office March 19 to Linda Newton (Left), Vader’s newest City Council member.
Newton was appointed by a 3-1 margin that night and has previously served as Sewer/Water Commissioner for the community of Skamokawa between 2003 and 2005. Council Member Kevin Flynn said Newton’s experience should help bolster Vader’s position during efforts to re-acquire their water system from Lewis County.
Newton will be temporarily filling the council position vacated last month by Lois Wilson and will be officially done in December. She is, however, able to compete in the general election to permanently fill the position, and said she may make the decision to do so after spending more time on the council. "If I’m doing the city a service, I will consider running," she said.