Posted on June 25, 2013 at 9:35 PM
Wednesday, Jun 26 at 9:17 AM
TENINO, Wash. -- Tenino City Councilman Bret Brodersen was named the small city’s new mayor Tuesday night, ending months of turmoil and controversy regarding his predecessor.
Brodersen had been Mayor-pro-tem, and was selected 2-1 by a council vote. Brodersen and fellow councilman David Watterson both expressed interest in the job, and did not vote for themselves.
Former Mayor Eric Strawn resigned May 31st, after a series of embarrassing and controversial incidents during his tenure. Those include being caught engaging in inappropriate activity in a city-owned car last year, though charges were never filed.
This year, he also sold “Mayorjuana” t-shirts to raise money for the city pool and drew attention for doing a stand-up comedy routine. Just before stepping down, Strawn also put Tenino’s police chief on administrative leave for 90 minutes.
Citing a desire to win back the public’s trust and solve a significant budget shortfall, the council chose Brodersen to fill the position.
“I believe I have the skills and ability to go forward and promote Tenino,” Brodersen said.
Brodersen will hold the position for the remainder of Strawn’s term, two years.