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Cy Sun

After just over six months in office, Pacific, Wash., Mayor Cy Sun has cleaned house in the little King/Pierce County burg of 6,800 residents: firing two department heads, including the police chief, while accepting the resignations of two others. He has also turned down the mayor's $750 monthly salary, working for free. The payroll differences and other cost cuts total more than $260,000 in savings, Sun figures. It's a turnaround for a small town struggling with its budget, and many are applauding the new mayor whose promises of such savings earned him office as a write-in candidate, no less. Still, the jury is out on the new measures' long-term effects, and the city council has passed a "no confidence" vote against the 82-year-old my-way-or-the-highway mayor. His response? "Give me some slack!" RICK ANDERSON Mayor Cy Sun, 253-929-1108, cityofpacific.com/mayor.html.

 
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