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Category: Pacific


Two nominated for mayor in Pacific

Two Pacific council members have expressed interest in becoming mayor in the wake of a special election that recalled former Mayor Cy Sun.

Leanne Guier and John Jones were nominated at a special council meeting Tuesday night, hours after a King County Election Board certified results that forced Sun out of office.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask Guier and Jones questions at a town hall meeting tonight before the City Council appoints a new mayor Thursday.

The mayor’s term ends in December 2015.


Pacific Mayor Cy Sun officially recalled

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

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Ballots to be mailed Wednesday for recall of Pacific mayor

Ballots will be mailed Wednesday to about 3,000 Pacific residents to vote on whether to recall Mayor Cy Sun.

The recall effort gathered the required 415 signatures last month, hoping to unseat Sun from the post he won in the November 2011 election.

No voters’ pamphlets are available for the special election, according to King County Elections.

The ballot will contain the charges against Sun – that he used the Police Department as his personal investigation force and that he jeopardized the city’s liability insurance coverage by not filling vacant department head positions – and Sun’s response to the allegations.

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Pierce County Council approves providing services to Pacific

The Pierce County Council has approved an agreement to provide road and surface water services to the Pierce County portion of Pacific starting Jan. 1.

Pacific’s liability insurance is expected to be canceled Dec. 31, making it likely that its city employees will not report to work after that. Pacific, population 6,620, has been embroiled in turmoil under Mayor Cy Sun. Sun was court-ordered in September to replace seven employees he fired or who resigned under his tenure.

The County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize County Executive Pat McCarthy to enter into a six-month interlocal agreement. It calls

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Open house Saturday for renovated fire station in Auburn

Valley Regional Fire Authority will have an open house for a renovated fire station in Auburn Saturday.

The event, including displays, demonstrations and refreshments, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at remodeled Station 32 at 1951 R St. S.E., Auburn.

Children can try on firefighter gear, build their own firetrucks, tour through a fire engine and medical aid car, and meet “Sparky” the fire dog and “Pluggie” the fire hydrant robot.

Adults can try out a thermal-imaging camera, obtain a blood pressure or blood sugar check, tour the station and obtain home safety information.

A rededication

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