City councilors deserve credit, not a reprimand | Letters | Feb. 17
February 17, 2012 · 12:43 PM
Let me see if I have this correct.
Our current city manager, Brenda Bauer (trained, I believe, as an attorney) failed to seek legal counsel regarding the proper way to proceed with reorganizing the city staff and firing senior staff members.
Her actions are now costing our beleaguered city thousands and thousands of dollars in back pay and benefits.
And yet, there are those who are angry that three elected members of our city council (many of whom are not lawyers) sought legal counsel to make certain that the council could legally proceed to oversee and potentially terminate this same city manager.
By seeking legal advice, these council persons strived to assure their constituents that no legal actions could later be instigated against our city due to any mistaken handling of the employee oversight process.
In addition, it is now being reported that Inslee Best attorney Rod Kaseguma was specifically asked by the council members at the very beginning of the process if it was legal for the council members to seek such counsel.
Mr. Kaseguma advised them that it was indeed legal.
It seems to me that council members in question were acting with far more prudence and care than was exercised by the now-departing city manager. And who exactly is now being scolded?
I believe the council members who exercised such care to work within the law deserve credit from our community, not reprimand.