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The examiner shall have demonstrated knowledge, skills, expertise and experience in matters of local and state land use law and its implementation, the Washington State Growth Management Act, and procedures for the conduct of administrative or quasi-judicial hearings on regulatory enactments. Examiners shall be appointed by the city mayor solely with regard to their qualifications. Examiners shall hold no other elective or appointive office or position in city or county government.

A. The examiner shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the city council. The examiner shall be appointed solely with regard to his or her qualifications for the duties of the office and shall have such training or experience as will qualify him or her to discharge those duties.

B. The examiner shall hold no other appointive or elective office or position in the city except that the same person may also serve as land use hearing examiner.

C. The examiner shall be an independent contractor and not an employee of the city.

D. The terms of employment for the examiner shall be specified in a written agreement prepared by the city administrator and/or the city attorney and approved by the mayor and a majority vote of the city council. The agreement shall set forth the scope of work, the duration of the appointment, the procedure for removal, the amount of compensation, and such other provisions deemed appropriate.

E. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as initial appointments.

F. If the examiner disqualifies himself or herself, or is otherwise unable or unavailable to serve, the hearing shall be conducted by a pro tem examiner. The pro tem examiner shall be appointed and retained as provided in Section 2.13.030. The regular examiner shall be responsible for transferring any case to a pro tem examiner.

(Ord. 1255 § 2 (Exh. B), 2006)