ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test. Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present. Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Municipal Court in Aberdeen has a new judge at the beginning of the new year. Mayor Bill Simpson appointed Judge Susan Solan at last nights regular council meeting. "I'm excited about her, and the way that she conducts court. I've watched her quite often in court and she says the way it is and that's the way we want it to be and I appreciate that." Solan will replace Judge Paul Conroy, who's term expires at the end of the year, she told the council after being sworn in last night "I'm honored to serve the city and I hope I will serve you well and you will be proud of the job that I do."
She's not new to the bench, Solan has served as judge pro-tem at the city's municipal courthouse for years, her appointment was approved unanimously by the city council at last night's meeting. Simpson said Judge Solan will officially start January 1, however she will likely be seen on the bench as judge pro-tem most of this month.
(Photo provided by, and from the vantage of, Aberdeen Councilman Jeff Cook)