Re: “Puyallup mayor accepts sanction” (TNT, 7-7).
It is time for Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen to resign. A city cannot have a mayor who inappropriately touches the female staff. What makes the matter absolutely disgusting is that in his own misguided plan to deflect blame, Hansen now claims to be ignorant of just who he groped. What discriminates this from a dubious “he said/she said” complaint is that there are independent witnesses.
So far, Hansen has received a damning letter of reprimand from the city manager and attended counseling at taxpayer expense. Now Hansen wants us all to forget it ever happened. The matter was briefed at a council meeting, but conducted in secret and expunged from the video record. City Hall went into “cover up mode.”
Public records indicate that the city is being advised by outside attorneys and its insurance carrier on “damage control” plans in preparation for a potential lawsuit from the victim.
A city needs a mayor who can behave and be trusted. Ethical standards have to be maintained. He should resign immediately and save citizens further embarrassment in the news media. Hansen should also pay any restitution and legal fees. starting with the $1,700 counseling costs, from his own pocket.
If Hansen does not quit, the other six men on the council have an obligation to either expel him or remove him from (mayoral) office and all committees. If they don’t, shame on them also.
Unacceptable unprofessional behavior demands serious consequences.