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Letter: Mayor's reaction surprising


December 20, 2017

Having watched the video of the Dec. 4 City Council meeting, I was surprised by the ending of the budget meeting, where the council voted to terminate funding for City Policy Analyst Marko Liias’ position.

I was not surprised by the vote, since the city clearly needs to trim its budget, but I was surprised by the mayor’s reaction.

Considering that the mayor has been personal friends with Senator Liias for many years, and had in fact just returned from a two-week European vacation with him before the meeting, I can understand her frustration.

However, her statement reflects a larger conflict of interest that has dogged the mayor throughout her term.

In 2014, she remained an integral part of the hiring and interview process for Liias’ position (which she created) despite the obvious conflict of interest.

He was also allowed to take 100 days off during his senate duties for what was originally a full-time position, collecting $89,000 in salary and benefits.

While the mayor was visibly upset by the council’s decision to remove Marko’s position, she didn’t seem to show the same regret when firing eight other city employees during her term.

The Senator is an asset to the city government and has performed admirably in his work, but there is an implied threat within the mayor’s outburst. Events such as this reveal a measure of honesty you don’t usually see in politics.

Her claim that Liias may refuse to represent the interests of the city because he’s not collecting a second salary from Mukilteo taxpayers implies that the Senator has been extorting us.

Senator Liias has worked hard on not just Mukilteo’s behalf, but on his district’s as a whole, and will have even more to do in the Senate now that he is Majority Floor Leader. I have full faith that he’ll continue to represent our district’s interests without receiving a “kickback” from the mayor.

The mayor’s liberal use of city resources doesn’t end with Liias.

Soon after her election, city email accounts were used to circulate donation request to the mayor’s European honeymoon fund.

At previous meetings, her full-time position as city mayor has been cited as valuable because of her position allowed her to represent Mukilteo’s interests on the board of Community Transit.

We should not be expected to “bribe” our city executives with lucrative salaried positions in order to do their jobs."

Matt Hansen



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