Ridgefield mayor and longtime city councilor Don Stose has announced he will step down from his role at the end of the month.
A news release from the city stated Stose made the decision in order to spend more time with family and his wife, Sherry. The Stoses moved to Ridgefield in 2005 and he was elected to the council in 2008.
“During my 30 years working for Toyota, I was often on the road while Sherry Stose was at home raising our children. It is time for me to be available to travel with her,” he said in the release.
Stose was born and raised in Spokane. During his tenure on the council he worked to manage the growth of the city through “quality neighborhoods and unique businesses, protect(ing) our natural resources, and creat(ing) a community where residents can live, work, play and learn,” the release stated.
Receiving his appointment as mayor in 2018, Stose worked on partnerships with C-Tran, and state and federal legislators, as well as other local organizations on projects like the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center and the Ridgefield Community Library, the release stated. New businesses like Rosauers and the Vancouver Clinic also arrived to the city during that time.
“Don actively demonstrates his passion for the residents of Ridgefield with his giving spirit. He is quick to volunteer for any community project,” the release stated.
Alongside volunteer work with the Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club, Stose is also the chair of the board of directors of the Pink Lemonade Project, an organization that works to “educate, empower and support women through their breast cancer journey.”
“The future of Ridgefield is bright and becomes brighter every day, thanks to the city council, staff, partners and residents,” Stose stated in the release. “I am confident that the current city council has the ability to effectively plan and manage growth of the city so that Ridgefield is recognized for its livability, natural environment and innovative local economy.”
Stose’s date of resignation is set for Jan. 31. Afterwards, the council will begin the process of appointing a replacement. That position will be required to run for election in 2023, the release noted.
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