This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Time to push the resent button in Puyallup. The city government needs it.
The City Council accepted City Manager Gary McLean’s resignation last week and unanimously approved a generous severance package that includes eight months of pay. It’s one of the few unanimous decisions the council has ever made regarding McLean.
McLean was promoted from city attorney to city manager under a cloud in January 2008 – the cloud being the opposition of three of the seven council members. Since then, he has stayed in the job at the pleasure of a razor-thin majority in the face of often rancorous argument over his performance.
The circumstances of his departure remain mysterious. But he’d never won over his opponents, who complained that he systemically denied them information about his administration and the city’s operations. They and others also criticized what they saw as his heavy-handed management style. In the absence of details about the resignation, we can only assume that such concerns were ultimately shared by a majority.