Arrogance and bad behavior are costing Puyallup taxpayers their hard-earned cash. Taxpayers will be paying for a private attorney to defend a city councilman in a lawsuit as a consequence of his refusal to hand over public records (emails) regarding city business.
At-Large Councilman Steve Vermillion’s refusal to comply with state law to hand over 52 emails has landed the city in Superior Court. Washington’s open public records law is not simply a “suggestion.”
Last August, Vermillion taunted the public during a council meeting, stating that if they wanted his emails, they would have to sue him. The cost and …