Pacific Mayor fires city clerk

The turmoil in Pacific City Hall continued Tuesday with Mayor Cy Sun’s firing of City Clerk Patti Kirkpatrick.

“Patricia Kirkpatrick did not successfully complete her trial period with the City of Pacific and was released from employment February 26, 2013,” Sun wrote  via email. “The Finance Director [Betty Garrison], who is also a certified municipal clerk, will be the interim. I will advertise for a replacement immediately.”

Sun added that he didn’t expect any legal action from Kirkpatrick regarding her termination.

Kirkpatrick has been the city clerk since Oct. 26, when the city council confirmed Sun’s appointment of her to the position.

Kirkpatrick replaced Jane Montgomery, whom Sun fired in July.

Montgomery filed a $2.2 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the City, which was settled out of court for $175,000 with $25,000 paid by the City, $150,000 by Pacific’s insurance company.


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