The reign of the Pacific mayor that brought drama to the small city by firing multiple department heads and refusing to provide information to other elected officials is over.
The King County Election Board ratified results from a special recall election this morning against Cy Sun, saying the “turnout was strong.”
About 65 percent of the city’s 2,900 registered voters cast ballots in favor of recalling the embattled public official. Results show residents voted 949-502.
Sun has not been seen in City Hall since initial results were released June 25. He did not attend Monday night’s council meeting. He did not return a call for comment today.
“It’s a good end to a long story,” said Tracey Apata, a business owner and member of the Committee to Recall Cy Sun. “The writing was on the wall. Now (the council) has him gone and they can do what they need to do.”
Mayor Pro Tem James McMahan is now in charge. One of his first steps is to begin talking to surrounding cities about drawing up inter-local agreements to help fill some of the empty positions in Pacific, including the city clerk and public works director positions.
Sun drew ire from many residents when he fired several people in the city or caused their resignations, arguing that he was fighting corruption.
He fired the police chief and city clerk, among others. A court eventually ordered him to fill the positions. The city clerk he fired won a $175,000 wrongful termination suit against the city. Pacific was forced to take out an expensive, higher-risk insurance policy after its provider terminated coverage because of the city’s instability.
His antics drew attention to the small city that straddles the Pierce-King County line.
Residents and public officials said they’re glad to get out of the spotlight and get on with business.
“There are quite a few things that need to get done,” said Leanne Guier, council president. “This is a big step. Now the process can begin. Before, nothing was getting done.”
The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. today to accept nominations for mayor. A town hall will be held Wednesday night where residents are invited to ask the candidates questions. The council will then reconvene Thursday night and appoint a new mayor.
The term ends in December 2015.