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Pacific mayor discharges city clerk, sets hearing for Thursday

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
July 25, 2012 10:14 pm

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun discharged the city clerk in a letter Monday, saying she was responsible for his arrest for allegedly trying to enter her locked office.

Jane Montgomery caused the arrest by locking her office and leaving the keys with police, one of eight reasons for her discharge, according to the dismissal letter received Wednesday by Montgomery through her attorney, Joan Mell. Other reasons cited include alleged changes she made to an employee’s pay and that she is not a certified municipal clerk. Mell said her client has completed the necessary coursework for that title.

Sun was arrested by Pacific police and later released July 19 for trying to enter the office while Montgomery was on medical leave, police said. He has not been charged with a crime.

Mell told Sun via fax July 17 that he could work with police to access city documents in her client’s absence, according to documents from her office.

Sun was not available for comment late Wednesday.

The discharge letter tells the clerk that she can challenge her firing at a Laudermill hearing at 10 a.m. today. Such hearings are required before the dismissal of government employees.

Pacific has about 6,500 residents, according to 2010 census data. It is east of Interstate 5 between Seattle and Tacoma, lying in both King and Pierce counties.

Pacific residents asked Sun to resign at a council meeting last month. He has fired several department heads, including the chief of police.

City attorney Kenyon Luce said last week that there are about eight vacant city positions after some employees were fired and others resigned. About 20 people are listed in Pacific’s staff directory.

The City Council asked the King County Sheriff’s Office last week to investigate allegations of misconduct by employees or members of the city staffers, which Luce said was related to the alleged destruction of city records.

Sun was elected via a write-in campaign last year, winning by 64 votes.

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