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Supreme Court: Recall effort against Pacific mayor Cy Sun can proceed

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am with No Comments »
April 25, 2013 9:08 am

The state Supreme Court, in an opinion issued this morning, has found that a recall effort against Pacific Mayor Cy Sun is legally sufficient to move ahead.

Donald Thomson filed a so-called “statement of charges” against Sun in August 2012. Thomson cited a number of instances of alleged misconduct he contends makes Sun unfit for office. King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen found two of those charges sufficient to be put before voters:

* That Sun used the city’s police department as his personal investigative force.protest1_3

* That he jeopardized the city’s liability insurance coverage by not filling vacant department head positions.

Sun appealed Inveen’s decision to the Supreme Court.

In the decision released this morning, a unanimous court upheld Inveen’s ruling, which means recall supporters can begin gathering signatures to try to get the recall on the ballot.

The court ruled there were sufficient facts in the record to show Sun improperly used the city’s police force, “which was improper and exceeded his authority as mayor.” It also found his alleged  actions in leaving department head positions unfilled were an “manifestly unreasonable” exercise of his discretion.

In more bad news for Sun, the Seattle P-I is reporting that another lawsuit has been brought against him by some former city police officers.

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