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Time for Tacoma City Council staffers?

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 28, 2007 at 5:15 pm with No Comments »
September 28, 2007 5:15 pm

Campaign organizer Katie Rose is pulling double-duty these days. In addition to her work on re-election campaigns for Tacoma city council members Julie Anderson and Spiro Manthou, Rose is working as a paid staffer for Anderson and Councilman Jake Fey.

Rose figures she’s averaging about 30 hours per week between the two, doing such jobs as responding to constituents and sitting in on meetings that Anderson or Fey can’t make.

The development raises a couple of questions. Is it time for Tacoma to elect full-time council members? Only the mayor is full-time now. Anderson and Fey both have full-time jobs in addition to their council positions. Anderson is a senior policy adviser for the state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. Fey is director of the Washington State University Energy Extension Program.

Or should public money be spent on staff support for council members? (Rose is quick to point out that Anderson and Fey are paying her out of their own pockets.)

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