It is time for investigations of public employees to be taken away from local small towns as sometimes they cannot be entrusted solely to their own in-house police or city legal staff.
Over the past few months, The News Tribune has done a good job exposing scandalous activities in local cities that have been unprosecuted. The most prevalent are the two cases in Fife involving its dubious police department.
Further up the river in Puyallup, it seems that employment at Puyallup City Hall has other benefits besides guaranteed employment, unbelievable salaries and great health care coverage. It is time for local municipalities to institute a concept of an independent ombudsman to investigate accidents and criminal activities when city officials or senior employees are involved. Once could be explained away, multiple occurrences implies a pattern.
It is unfair and inappropriate to levy the responsibility on a police officer or junior city attorney to protect the personal financial interests of City Council members, their families or department heads. A mutual agreement with an adjacent municipality should have an independent assessment of any investigation or legal action if city leaders are party to the matter being investigated.
Employment at Puyallup City Hall should not come with a “get out of jail free card.”