Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen is heading off on a five-day all-expenses-paid junket to Maryland this summer to attend an emergency management conference. It’s unclear whether the cost of the trip will be covered by the federal government or by local taxpayers. I suspect the latter. Either way, it comes out of the public’s hide.
Isn’t this the same Hansen, who along with Deputy Mayor John Knutsen, used to chastise the previous mayor for her boondoggles paid for by the Association of Washington Cities?
Even more disturbing is that Hansen is “term limited out” next year and will no longer be either mayor or a council member. So why is he attending this safety conference ? It’s certainly not as a contributing subject matter expert.
How is this for a radical thought? Send a public safety employee who will still be in a position of responsibility beyond 2013. The city would be better served by a better-informed police captain or sergeant rather than its current lame duck mayor. The taxpayers may prefer that, too.