Max Denning

With the official certification of the 2018 general election results in Cove, three new councilors and a new mayor were confirmed on Tuesday and will be sworn in on Jan. 2, 2019.

On Tuesday, Cove held its final city council meeting of 2018, marking the final council meeting for longtime mayor
Lyndon Rose and longtime councilors Regina Kruse and Doug Kruse. Rose has been a member of the council for more than 20 years and was first appointed as mayor in 2013.

Rose, who did not officially file for re-election in 2018, ran a write-in campaign. He lost to Del Little, a former Island City City Councilor, who also ran a write-in campaign. Little signed an acceptance letter for the mayoral position on Tuesday, as is required by anyone winning a write-in election.

Rose said he was happy Little won. And he is proud of his time as mayor.

“I really want to thank all of the council members for making my job easy and for all their hard work,” he said. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to be here with you guys.”

Three Cove residents were elected to the city council in 2018 to fill the three vacancies. Shawn Parker, Lana Michel Shira and Matt McCowan will be sworn in alongside Little in January. The council usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, but with the first Tuesday of January landing on New Year’s Day, the council moved the meeting to Jan. 2.

Regina Kruse, who has been on the council for 10 years, said she believes the current council is leaving the city in a good place for the incoming council members.

“I think the new council is in a position where they can take on different infrastructure, like new ordinances, the city charter, street improvements and those sorts of things,” Regina said, “and (also) address the limited budget and the needs of the local citizenry.”

Kruse, who handles personnel and acts as a media spokesperson, said although she will miss being on the council, she
believes “the new city council will bring new ideas and new energy.”

One of the new council’s tasks will be finding a replacement for Public Works Director Michael Brown, who gave the council his retirement letter at the Tuesday council meeting, effective July 1, 2019. Kruse said at the meeting she is working on updating the employee job description, as well as setting the salary and wage scale for the position. The council hopes to have the job posted by mid-March, begin interviews by April and fill the position by May. This would give the new public works director two months to train on the job under Brown.

In addition to certifying the election results and accepting Brown’s letter of retirement, the council also heard from Brown about the city’s first month of the new 18-year contract with Avista Corporation, which is now purchasing the energy produced by Cove’s hydroelectric plant.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer