Spent happy hour with council member Richard McIver last night. While I likely wasn't the last person to see him before he was arrested early this morning, I'm probably as shocked as anybody that the evening ended with his wife calling 911 to report verbal and physical abuse.
McIver, who has a reputation for being a stand-up guy in these parts, was appointed to the city council in 1997 to replace John Manning, who resigned after being arrested for domestic violence.
We met at the College Club around 5:30 p.m. to catch up on a few things related to stories I'm researching. We had a couple drinks, chatted about policy issues, wrangling over the budget, the upcoming election. After we'd covered all-things Seattle, we talked about our experiences in Washington D.C. (I moved back to Seattle from D.C. to take this job in February.) McIver was there in the late 1970's, early 1980's working for the National League of Cities. He spoke glowingly of his wife of 33 years, Marlaina Kiner-McIver, a graduate of Howard University Law School who moved them to the nation's capitol so she could take a post with the Carter Administration as a lawyer for the Housing and Urban Development Department.
McIver offered to drive me home and seemed in good spirits when he dropped me off on Capitol Hill around 7:45 p.m.