Fred Cook to replace Don Maxson on Long Beach City Council

Fred Cook

LONG BEACH - Following an executive session, the Long Beach City Council approved a motion Monday to replace city councilor Don Maxson, who turned in his resignation in mid-February, with Fred Cook.

Cook has been a member of the Long Beach Planning Commission for the last year.

Cook and his wife, Patricia, purchased a vacation home in Long Beach in 1987, and have been full-time residents for the last eight years.

His prior work experience also includes serving as the chairman of the Ocean Beach Education Foundation Alumni Fund Drive, as well as two years on the board of directors for the dispensing optician program at Seattle Central Community College. Cook also served three years on the opticians examining board, a position appointed at the discretion of the Governor.

According to Cook, he believes his most important qualification for a position on the city council is his passion for Long Beach and the Peninsula at large.

"I believe we live in a unique, beautiful environment," he said. "I also believe this city and area are standing at the threshold of changes that are going to affect all of us and also those who follow in the future. This is an exciting time, and I very much would like to do my own small part in helping to direct our city's future - for the benefit of those here today and for future generations."

Cook is expected to take his oath of office by the next city council meeting on April 7, and "he will be voting by that evening," said Long Beach City Administrator Nabiel Shawa.

Four applicants, including Cook showed an interest in the position, which according to state law had to be filled within 90 days of being vacated.

Former Long Beach Mayor Ken Ramsey was 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 applying for the post was Arlene Strubelt, who is currently working on an associates degree 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, also applied.

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