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Towers vs. local government: Round 2

Post by David Wickert on June 30, 2008 at 8:34 am with No Comments »
June 30, 2008 8:34 am

Looks like Pierce County isn’t the only local government with a controversial towing contract. The city of Everett is squaring off against tow truck companies over plans to change its police towing contract.

As we reported Saturday, some Pierce County towing companies have sued the owners of Gene’s Towing, which recently won the contract to provide services to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The department previously used a rotation of more than 30 companies. Now it will use only Gene’s, which will subcontract some of the work to a few other companies.

About 20 other companies that used to get sheriff’s department work claim Gene’s owner Michael Myers double-crossed them as he was representing them in negotiations with the department. They claim he conducted secret negotiations to get the contract.

Myers denies that, as does the sheriff’s department. They say the other towers blew it by using heavy-handed negotiating tactics. Those tactics included failing to respond to sheriff’s department calls.

According to the Everett Herald, towers there have stopped responding to police calls to protest the city’s plans to work with a single tower. Sound familiar?

Thanks to reader Jane Doe for passing along this link.

Pierce County
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