Councilmember Scott Hageman resigned from the City Council, effective immediately, at the end of last week’s meeting, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“As my wife’s ongoing health condition continues to not improve, I see my son growing up and my day job responsibilities have expanded dramatically. I’m refocusing my priorities on my family and pursuing opportunities that require less than my current 60- to 80-hour work week. And even though I will remain active in Woodinville community, I wish to extend my most sincere apologies and thanks to all my Woodinville citizen family who have supported me for so many years. That being said, I regretfully announce I’ll be leaving the council,” he said, seeming close to tears.
“This will be my last council meeting as a Woodinville Council member,” he continued. “I am deeply humbled and honored to have been able to serve Woodinville for many years, working together in partnership with citizens, city and staff…. It’s been a great ride.”
Hageman was one of the longest-serving council members in Woodinville’s history, serving 17 years after first being elected in 1996. He served twice as mayor, from 2001 to 2003 and from 2008 to 2009, and twice as deputy mayor, from 1998 to 1999 and from mid-2000 through 2001.
Other council members expressed their surprise at Hageman’s resignation and thanked him for his work.
“I’m shocked. I don’t know what to say,” Mayor Bernie Talmas said. “I mean, I can say that, on behalf of all the citizens of Woodinville, everybody thanks you for your many years of service on the council and to the community.”
“I don’t know if I can say this without getting emotional,” Councilmember Liz Aspen said. “I’ve admired Scott’s passion and commitment to the citizens of this community. Whenever I went doorbelling, I always heard really positive things about you from people that I talked to…. It was nice to have some historical value on the council, and we will miss that, someone who has been here for a long time. It’s a huge blow to our city.”
The city will soon advertise for candidates to fill Hageman’s position, said Alexandra Sheeks, assistant to the city manager. The council will then interview applicants and nominate a new council member. There will not be an election for the new council member.