Yakima, Wash. – Dave Ettl was sworn in as the newest member of city council Tuesday before taking part in the budget wrap-up session.
The KIT radio says he enjoyed his first chance to be a part of the process and is excited to switch roles from covering council to having a seat on it.
"It's a very energizing sort of feeling that all this knowledge and history I can now put to work, hopefully making Yakima a better place," he said.
Ettl says he was well prepared for his first session after talking to other council members and city staff in advance of Tuesday's meeting. The session did cut into his radio show, which airs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on weekdays but Ettl says he has the flexibility to work with the council to adjust the timing of future meetings.
Current Council Member Maureen Adkison took the oath of office alongside Ettl. Her election in November allows her to finish the term of Neil McClure, which she was appointed to temporarily fill earlier this year.
Ettl's starts a four-year term after beating out Sonia Rodriguez last month. She was appointed to fill the opening created late last year when Norm Johnson left for the state legislature. But Johnson would have been up for re-election last month had he stayed on council so Ettl starts a new term rather than finishing one in progress like Adkison.