Judge Kimbara Harrell has denied a temporary injunction allowing the city of Centralia to appoint an interim mayor while Bryan Kuder continues his court fight to be seated as mayor. The city will waste little time in making a selection. A special meeting has been set for six Monday night at Centralia City Hall.
After hearing more than six hours of testimony and argument, Harrell said she was not convinced that Kuder received due process from the Centralia City Council before they voted he was not qualified based on residency. However, she went on to deny the temporary injunction as the court proceeding moves forward.
City Attorney Doug Gruenke had argued the city could not function without a Mayor and their role as liquor commissioner. He noted liquor licenses are starting to come in for annual renewal and a grant application is sitting on the City Manager’s Desk that can’t be submitted without the Mayor’s signature.
Kuder’s attorney Lane Harvey said the judge’s decision would delay efforts to get Kuder seated as the new mayor.
The next step in court proceedings is expected to be arguments on a motion to dismiss that has been set for July 19th at 9:30 am.