Goldendale City Council has a new member, though she won’t take office until May 20. Jane E. Roberts was the only person to apply for the seat vacated by the recent resignation of Carmen Knopes, who took a fulltime position at the Klickitat County Jail.
Though Robert was the single applicant, council members who questioned her about her expectations and goals for the position were well satisfied and unanimously gave consensus for her appointment.
Roberts attended Columbia River High School in Vancouver where she played volleyball and took part in throwing events in track and field with a specialty in discus. She earned a degree in secondary education at the University of Idaho, and will soon complete a master’s degree in education from Augustana University. She and her husband Mike moved to the Gorge in 2015 when he became the Superintendent/Principal at Wishram School. She taught in North Wasco County School District then took a position as English teacher and volleyball coach at Wishram. The couple moved to Goldendale in 2016 and have operated an AirBnB in their large house on Second Street.
She will be sworn in at the next city council meeting on May 20th. Her term will run until the certification of ballots in the November election. Next week is filing week for the November election and Roberts is expected to sign up to run for the remaining two years of the term in that election.