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Salim Nice Unanimously Appointed To City Council

July 18, 2017 - ​At last night’s regular Council meeting (Monday, July 17), Mayor Bruce Bassett along with the entire Council recognized the service of outgoing Councilmember Jeff Sanderson, who was elected in December 2015 to a two-year term in Position number 4, after it was filled temporarily by Ms. Terry Pottmeyer.
 
Jeff Sanderson announced last month that he would step down after the mid-July meeting in order to “focus on important personal and business priorities.” During his tenure, Council undertook significant and lasting issues: updating the 20-year vision for Town Center, a current rewrite of the residential development code, and hiring a permanent city manager. Sanderson was also one of the three councilmembers selected to serve on the negotiating subcommittee that secured a mitigation settlement with Sound Transit over light rail construction impacts.
 
Mayor Bassett applauded Sanderson for bringing "a thoughtful and fresh perspective to Council deliberations," and noted that he found his business-oriented perspective particularly helpful.

At last night’s meeting, Council voted 6-0 to fill the vacated position immediately by appointing Salim Nice, who is currently running unopposed in the November election for Position No. 2. By State law, Mr. Nice may serve in this capacity until November 28, 2017, after which time the winner of the race for that position would be seated. Mr Nice will be seated in Position No. 2 per normal procedure at the first meeting in January 2018.
 
Salim Nice and his wife Janice Imrich-Nice are natives of Mercer Island who returned to raise their family.  Mr. Nice serves as Managing Partner of a large tax advisory firm where he focuses on complex negotiations and multi-dimensional budget management.  He has also been an active volunteer on the Town Center Visioning Committee, the Mercer Island Editorial Board, and with IOSA, a non-profit, community-based, community-supported oil spill response organization in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

“I want to thank the City Council for their unanimous confirmation of my appointment last night.  I am humbled by the support from Council, City staff, and community members who encouraged me along the way.  I look forward to this opportunity to give back to a wonderful community that I care deeply about,” stated Nice.
 
Learn more about Council Positions at: www.mercergov.org/Council



 

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