Letter: Is our mayor doing a great job?

 

September 20, 2017



Editor's Note:The Beacon invited Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to respond this letter. Read her response here.

Is Mayor Jennifer Gregerson doing a great job in running the city of Mukilteo?

One of her first days in the office, Mayor Gregerson fired the long-term administrator, and shortly thereafter the police chief and fire chief were let go and replaced. The last week in December of 2016 and the first part of 2017, six out of six of the city of Mukilteo top management positions left, resigned or were fired.

These included some great servants and employees of the city of Mukilteo, such as the finance director, Doug Volesky, the planning director, Glen Pickus, and the managing director, Chris Phillips. It was no coincidence that the six were no longer employees of the city of Mukilteo.

How about the millions of taxpayer dollars that Mayor Gregerson wasted trying to prevent commercial air service at Paine Field, which was built in the ‘30s as a regional airport?

The federal law says that when federal money is used for any airport, it has to be open to all aviation. That is why all the courts have refused to bring the Mukilteo lawsuits to trial.

The other bad decision our mayor has made is the hurry-up decision of buying Japanese Gulch from Everett. This decision was made after the announcement that WSDOT wanted to use Japanese Gulch for access to the new ferry terminal.

Japanese Gulch is used by less than 1 percent of the Mukilteo residents. She reallocated money to buy the gulch from the extension of the Harbour Reach Road fund.

The state has been giving the city of Mukilteo funds for this Harbour Reach Road project over the last six years. The road is intended to continue Harbour Reach Boulevard to Beverly Park Road. This road is still not built.

Mayor Gregerson has increased taxes and fees considerably, as well as greatly increased the payroll cost of running the city of Mukilteo.

What kind of job do you think Mayor Gregerson is doing?

Bruce Reid Mukilteo


 

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