Tenino mayor under investigation; two councilmen subject of recall



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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 5:46 PM

TENINO, Wash. -- Welcome to Tenino where the people are friendly, but the council meetings are not.

"You have made Tenino the laughing stock of all of Western Washington," said the city's former mayor Ken Jones.

Two Tenino City Council members are the subject of a recall effort and current Mayor Eric Strawn is subject of controversy and an investigation.

With a full house at Tuesday's council meeting, the dysfunction was on display.

Issue one: Mayor Strawn was seen in a city police car with a woman in a Lacey parking lot. Witnesses said there was oral sex.  Police couldn't prove it and he is not charged with any crime.

At Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Strawn held his ground.

"I didn't break any laws. I probably broke a few people's support," he said.

But that's not the end.  

Councilman Robert Scribner was found to have used Department of Labor and Industries computers to allegedly dig up information on the mayor. Councilman Frank Anderson owes the city thousands of dollars in unpaid bills. Now both are the subject of a recall effort.

"In the future, I hope we will see a greater sense of decorum from the Tenino City Council," said Justin Kover with the Tenino Recall Committee.

The council agreed to create a committee to investigate the mayor. They also talked about going on a retreat together to air grievances.