Pacific mayor recall election today

Pacific mayor recall election today

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Pacific Mayor Cy Sun

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 8:31 AM

Residents of Pacific will decide Tuesday if they want their embattled mayor out of office.

Cy Sun ran on an anti-corruption campaign in 2011 and won as a write-in candidate. He's fired police chiefs and other city employees, prompting lawsuits against the town.

The recall accuses him of jeopardizing the town's insurance by leaving some jobs vacant.

Even if he is voted out Tuesday, he would remain in office until the election can be ratified on July 9. If Sun is removed, the city council would appoint a replacement for the remainder of his term.

Sun has scheduled a Loudemill hearing for this Friday in an effort to get rid of public safety director John Calkins. A Loudemill hearing is part of the due process for a U.S. government employee prior to termination or severe discipline, and gives them the opportunity to present their side of the story.

A judge recently ordered Sun to reinstate Calkins and Pacific Police Lieutenant Edwin Massey, whom Sun had both suspended.

Here is the ballot synopsis from King County Elections

The charges made by King County registered voter Donald Thomson against Cy Sun, Mayor of the City of Pacific, allege Mayor Sun committed misfeasance in office, malfeasance in office and/or violated his oath of office by:

1.    Directing Pacific police department officers to operate as his personal police force in conducting a criminal investigation into the identity of those responsible for distributing negative information and allegations about him concerning his Echo, Oregon property, which is outside of their jurisdiction;

2.    Jeopardizing the City’s liability insurance coverage by not filling vacant department heads.

Should Mayor Sun be recalled from office based on any of these allegations?

City of Pacific Mayor Cy Sun Response to the Recall Charges

“Cy Sun, Mayor of the City of Pacific, refutes these allegations as follows:

1.    Mayor Sun continues to fight against entrenched corruption in the City of Pacific. As part of his efforts, Mayor Sun directed Pacific police officers to investigate what was a prior misuse of police resources, specifically requesting an explanation as to why officers had previously travelled outside of their jurisdiction to Oregon when not directed or approved to do so.

2.    Mayor Sun proposed candidates for department head positions that were rejected by the City Council. The City obtained insurance and there was no lapse in liability coverage.”

 

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