Residents of Pacific voted Tuesday to end Mayor Cy Sun’s days in office.
Initial results of the special election to oust the embattled public official showed residents voted 836-405 in favor of recalling Sun. Pacific has 2,900 registered voters.
Barring a miraculous shift in returns over the next few days, the certification of the election July 9 will end the tenure of Sun, who was elected through a write-in campaign at the end of 2011.
Sun did not return The News Tribune’s requests for comment Tuesday.
City Council president Leanne Guier said Pacific’s struggles won’t end with Sun being recalled.
“We still do not know where we are financially,” she said about the city budget. “We haven’t seen financial documents or budget balances (from the mayor’s office) since October. We don’t know where things are at all.”
The city of about 6,800 on the King-Pierce County line has an operating budget of $3.1 million annually, she said.
Pacific sets aside about $25,000 for attorney fees each year, but Guier estimates that the city has spent roughly $150,000 for legal representation already in 2013.
A city clerk Sun fired last year settled with Pacific for $175,000 for wrongful termination and other claims, one of many challenges the mayor faced while in office. He was ordered by a court to replace various city department heads whom he fired or who resigned under his leadership, including the police chief and city clerk.
Pacific lost its insurance after the provider said it would terminate coverage unless the situation in the city stabilized. The City Council took out a higher-cost, higher-risk policy as a result.
Sun and his supporters said he was trying to “fight corruption” throughout his tenure.
The council will hold a special meeting soon to select a new mayor to finish the term, which ends in December 2015.
Guier said both she and council member John Jones have expressed interest in the appointment, which she said should be finalized in July.
Until then, Mayor Pro Tempore James McMahan will lead the city of Pacific once the election results are finalized.
“We can start rebuilding the city,” said Tracey Apata, Pacific business owner and part of the Committee to Recall Cy Sun.