Pasco, Richland city councils searching for new members amid resignations

PASCO, Wash. — Two Tri-Cities are in need of new city council members, in Pasco and Richland.

In Pasco, Council Member Nikki Torres announced her resignation, effective May 31st, after moving outside of her council district and into Legislative District 15 for the state of Washington.

In an email to KAPP KVEW, Torres said she’s running to work on issues that have concerned her as a councilwoman such as affordable housing, law enforcement support and mental health.

She also wants to work on lowering taxes, agriculture and water rights. Torres wrote if she’s elected, she hopes to advocate strongly for the needs of people within district 15.

Torres was elected in 2021 but has been a part of the Pasco community for decades.

The City of Pasco’s City Council will discuss appointing the next councilmember during their June 6th meeting. The new appointee would be eligible to be up for reelection during 2023.

In Richland, Councilman Phillip Lemley has submitted his resignation after 12 years on the council and as Mayor Pro Tem.

The city took to Facebook to express their gratitude for Lemley’s service to Richland.

They wrote about his extensive volunteer work with the Richland Police Department Volunteer Organization, Boys Scouts of America and the American Red Cross.

“It has been my very distinct honor to have worked with all of the professionals and staff that put their tireless efforts into supporting and growing this community every day,” Lemley wrote on the Facebook post.

The City of Richland has opened the application period to join city council, it closes on June 13th.

That new member would also be up for re-election in 2023.

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