LONG BEACH - The city of Long Beach is getting closer to replacing city councilor Don Maxson, who turned in his resignation in mid-February.

To date four applicants have showed an interest in the position, which according to state law has to be filled within 90 days of being vacated.

Former Long Beach Mayor Ken Ramsey is one of the four applicants. Ramsey served two terms as a Long Beach City Councilor from 1984 to 1992. From 1992 until 2000 he then served two terms as Long Beach Mayor.

Also an applicant for the empty councilor seat is Fred Cook, who has been a member of the Long Beach Planning Commission for the last year.

Also applying for the post is Arlene Strubelt, who is currently working on an associates degree in at Grays Harbor Community College and is active with the Pacific County Mental Health Advisory Board.

Joseph Strubelt, who is the chaplain administrator of Crossways Ministries, is also applying.

The city council will meet on Tuesday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in executive session to discuss the applicants. Once councilors come out of executive session they can either make a decision on which candidate to recommend for the post or set up interviews, which will be open to the public.

"I expect that by the next city council meeting, on April 7, that the position will be filled," said Long Beach City Administrator Nabiel Shawa on Tuesday.

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