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“I was there [in the courtroom] as an observer, as a member of the city. I am there as a city representative, understanding the lawsuit.”
This statement was made by Mayor Don Malloy at the September 29, 2009 city council meeting, regarding the lawsuit between Councilmember Knutsen and now-former city manager Gary McLean and city attorney Cheryl Carlson. The comment was made at the 24:05 mark of the video see here.
Now, here’s the problem. Legal billings from the attorneys hired to represent McLean and Carlson show bills from the lawyers to the city for time spent conferencing with the mayor about the case. So, if he was a neutral third-party, why was he involved with their lawyers? He didn’t confer with Knutsen’s lawyers.
See the billings here, the second page, second line item from the bottom.
Who hired these lawyers to represent McLean and Carlson? Well, it was none other than Malloy himself, see right here. Oh, and guess who paid these bills? Us, the citizens.
This is a major problem in Puyallup, elected officials being dishonest with the public. But this case is especially bad, considering the fact that he was being dishonest while trying to keep damaging information hid from the public’s eye along with the city manager, city attorney, and the rest of the old “gang of four.”