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'You're fired' Pacific council audience tells mayor
There was drama a-plenty in Pacific on Monday.
First, there was the beleaguered city council, struggling to corral the city's personnel woes. Then there were outraged residents, ratcheting up their calls for Mayor Cy Sun's resignation.
During the public comment period, several residents rose to demand that Sun – who assumed office in January after winning the mayor's seat last November with a write-in campaign — step down. Don Thomson even "fired" Sun.
"It is over," Thomson said. "I'm demanding, I'm not requesting. Turn over your keys to the council."
"Mr. Sun, you have raped and pillaged this town beyond recognition," Reva Bryant said. "We are the laughing stock of Western Washington. It is pathetic. This was a great little city. I've been here 40 years, and you have walked in here and torn it literally apart. I ask for your immediate resignation."
After the meeting Sun downplayed the demands.
"Those are the same people that ask me to resign every meeting I go to," he said. "The same exact people. They want people to know they disapprove of my policies and my approach to the City government. Now let's put it straight. I was voted in on a write-in. And the people were disgusted with the corruption that was going on. I came in and started cleaning up corruption.
"I admit that I'm moving too fast, as to my knowledge of the Washington code and the City code. When I get to know them, I'll backtrack and approach it the right way. I wouldn't say lawful, but the right way," Sun said.
Most of the rancor centers on Sun's controversial personnel decisions, which have punched gaping holes in the City's staff roster.
Since Sun took office, five of the City's six department managers have quit or Sun has fired them.
The sixth, City Clerk and Personnel Manager Jane Montgomery, is on a leave-of-absence after filing a whistleblower complaint and an anti-harassment suit on June 11.
Montgomery claims that Sun locked her out of her office in retaliation for blowing the whistle on his controversial personnel decisions. She says she acted out of fear that Sun's decisions would put the City at risk, financially and legally.
Not true, Sun said.
"The reason I locked it was that I didn't want any documents to be removed," Sun said.
Despite criticism of his management style and his decisions since taking office, Sun said he was confident he was carrying out the people's will.
"I was voted in to do what I'm doing right now," Sun said after the meeting. "I'm doing what the voter has voted me in for."
ALSO: The rotating door at Pacific City Hall continued to spin this week with the news of Sgt. Jim Pickett's resignation as the acting police chief and Sun's termination of the contract with City Attorney Kenyon Luce. Luce was given 30-days notice... The council met in executive session with the City's insurance carrier, Canfield Associates, to address concerns about potential litigation stemming from events that have occurred within the city in the last month, including an "investigation into the whistle blower protection violation," Luce said. He added that there was also concern about some criminal conduct allegations. Both instances require action by the City, but according to Luce, the insurance carrier has no plans to cancel its contract with Pacific.