This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Pierce County officials probably can’t propose this deal, so we will: If embattled Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam agrees to go on paid administrative lead for the duration of his term, the county will continue paying his legal costs.
Last week, Washam was notified that Pierce County would no longer pay his legal bills because his actions continue to expose the county to liability.
Now the County Council has drafted a resolution asking Washam to resign. It has no authority to suspend or fire the assessor-treasurer, an independently elected official, and a citizens’ petition effort last summer fell just short of gathering enough signatures to put a recall before voters. Read more »