Drama in Pacific City Hall continues

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 12:05 PM

Whether or not the four police officers who arrested the mayor of Pacific last week will keep their jobs depends on who's answering the question.

The union representative for the officers said Friday that the city attorney had said the officers are still employed because the mayor lacks authority to fire them. That's the same city attorney that the mayor has also fired.

Mayor Cy Sun continued to insist Friday that the officers are no longer employed.

Sun is facing a political firestorm for the abrupt firing of several city employees who played a role in his arrest on July 19.

On Friday morning, Sun locked himself inside his City Hall office, refusing to come out as supporters of a growing recall movement picketed nearby.

Sun emerged from his office about 90 minutes later to attend the hearing where the officers appealed their terminations.

One day ago, Sun skipped the appeal hearing for fired City Clerk Jane Montgomery, accused of locking her office door to prevent Sun from gaining access to personnel files. On Friday, Sun said he had tried to contact Montgomery to reschedule the hearing.

A $2.2 million claim against the city has been filed on Montgomery's behalf.

Sun is now also the target of a King County Sheriff's investigation as to whether city records were destroyed.

Sun has said his priorities as mayor are ridding the city of corruption, cleaning up wasteful spending and improving infrastructure.

Despite keeping his job, one police officer said today's developments are damaging to Pacific.

"I'm not a happy camper," said Officer Michael Bos. "This is draining on the department, department members, families. It's devestating that this is happening to us, to the city."

Citizens fearing Sun is eradicating city government have started a recall campaign and have so far raised $5,000 for the effort. A flurry of blog posts were published overnight on the recall effort's website, detailing yesterday's events.

"He said he came here to clean the place up. He's causes nothing but a big mess!” said Pacific resident Leonard Tipps, who was picketing outside city hall on Friday.

"With all the firings we've lost all credibility, trying to replace them is going to be difficult,” said David Messinger, who took the day off from work to take part in the demonstration.

KING 5's Elisa Hahn, Lindsay Chamberlain, Ron Sanford contributed to this report.

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