Now that the Puyallup Parks Department saga seems to be complete, I would like to take the time to thank those involved who contributed to its positive outcome.
Puyallup now has two major assets on its hands thanks to this process: a thorough, transparent study of the Parks and Recreation Department done by city staff and a strong, knowledgeable parks director in Sarah Harris.
This process that was undertaken was not easy. Rumors about the demise of the department and city parks only increased its difficulty. That is why I would like to thank City Manager Bill McDonald for undertaking this task.
I also would like to thank Mayor Rick Hansen, Deputy Mayor John Knutsen, and Council Members John Hopkins, Tom Swanson and Steve Vermillion for their patient and solid questions throughout. They chose the higher path and resisted the urge to fuel public distrust with emails and memos that were unneeded and undermined the trust between the citizenry and the council.
McDonald had a plan of attack when he started this process, and I am glad to see it complete with a positive outcome.