Staff writer Melissa Santos reports:
Members of the Puyallup City Council met Thursday night to discuss the evaluation of City Manager Gary McLean in a closed-door executive session, prompting citizens to speculate that some council members may try to fire him.
Almost 2 1/2 hours later, council members emerged from their
private session and said they would take no action that evening.
So what happened? Council members have declined to comment on what took place during the private meeting, which was called the day before.
Puyallup Mayor Kathy Turner said Friday morning that she also wouldn’t comment on when McLean’s next annual evaluation in public session would take place.
The council hired McLean in January 2008 and last evaluated him in February 2009.
During McLean’s evaluation last year, three members of the council voted to fire him, but were outvoted.
Two of those council members – John Knutsen and Rick Hansen – are still on the council.
Neither Knutsen nor Hansen would comment on any aspect of Thursday’s discussions when asked after the meeting.
Councilman Don Malloy also declined to comment.
In any case, McLean is a few months overdue for an annual evaluation.
At some point, the council will have to revisit the topic of his
performance. The next scheduled council meeting is April 13.
To read the full story Santos wrote Thursday night, click here.