Ellensburg City Council member Jill Scheffer tendered her resignation last night effective immediately. Jill recently accepted a position at the Washington State Department of Ecology in a regulatory role that includes oversight of the City’s compliance with its state-issued stormwater discharge permit. In order to avoid conflict issues which could arise as a result of her new responsibilities, Jill has made the difficult decision to step down from her City Council position. In Jill’s announcement to the Mayor of her decision, Jill stated “It has been a genuine honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Ellensburg since 2010. I was privileged to work on several exciting initiatives including, among many other, expanding the solar farm, updating the comprehensive plan, land use and development code updates, organizing the employee appreciation breakfasts, and creating the consolidated lodging tax process.” The City Council will be soliciting interest to fill the vacancy creating by Jill’s resignation. Persons interested in applying to fill the vacancy may do so by completing the application form online.