City & Government

Hutchinson resigns, Creswell council deadline extended to Dec. 7


CRESWELL – Councilor Jeri Hutchinson announced her resignation at the Nov. 22 Creswell City Council work session meeting, citing an out-of-state move as her reason for departure. 

Hutchinson, 44, is a Thurston High School graduate and has lived in Creswell for seven years. She was elected to the council position and took office in January 2021. Her husband received a job offer in Montana, she said, and her family will be moving in three months.  

“Although I won’t be going over for a few months I feel it is only fair to open my position now to allow another councilor to be sworn in and work on helping be part of the planning of the strategic plan – this way Creswell can start fresh with a full council,” Hutchinson said in her resignation letter.

Hutchinson’s resignation follows councilor JoeRell Medina’s resignation in September and mayor Amy Knudsen’s resignation in August. Medina resigned because he said he was moving to a “less totalitarian state,” and Knudsen resigned following the Fourth of July aftermath, citing “undue stress” for her resignation. 

Two seats are now open on the council, and council has extended the deadline for applications to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. Interviews and appointments will be made on Dec. 13. The terms expire on Dec. 31, 2024.

So far, Tammy Sue Schuck and Eric Gwaltney have applied for the positions. 



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