The newest Clark County Council member knows he has his work cut out for him.
Officially appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 29, Richard “Dick” Rylander was sworn in as the county council’s district 5 representative on May 3. Rylander was chosen to serve North Clark County from three names forwarded to the governor after the council deadlocked in a 2-2 vote to appoint someone on March 29.
Rylander said he was excited when he received the notification from the governor, but he understands what taking on the role entails.
“You accept responsibility of something, and I don’t care how old you are, some of the angst and nervousness is still there,” Rylander said.
Rylander, who spent his career working in the biotech pharmaceutical industry, said he looks forward to getting business done after the council experienced numerous deadlocks with the lack of a fifth member.
As of last week, Rylander already participated in two meetings, both with high-profile matters of business. The council deliberated over the ongoing redistricting process and the placement of a .1% sales tax on the ballot to fund the sheriff’s department’s body camera program. Rylander said he has been watching the meetings virtually over the past three months to acquaint himself with the council’s matters ahead of time.
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