They've made it official. After speaking out earlier this week about conversations with David Della and his chief of staff that they felt were inappropriate, the Seattle Firefighters Local 27 and the Seattle Police Officers Guild have filed a complaint with Seattle Ethics and Elections.
They say that Della "improperly used his official position... and the power he possesses as a member of committees... to advance his own personal political gain."
According to text of the complaint, three days after the firefighters and police officers announced their joint support for Della's opponent Tim Burgess in June, Della called Police Officers Guild President Rich O'Neill:
"He first asked me if I was on a 'city phone.' I told him I was not. His voice led me to believe he was agitated and upset. He told me he had heard we hadn't endorsed him. ...He said, 'So let's get this right, you are working without a contract and you are not going to endorse the incumbent who sits on the Finance and Budget Committee?' He also said, 'Well, when I win we are going to have to have a hard decision.'"
O'Neill says in the complaint that he believes Della was alluding to ongoing negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.
The complaint also cites a conversation between Della's chief of staff David Namura and Firefighter Union Vice President Ken Stuart earlier this month. "Mr. Namura asked me to back off and decrease our support for Tim Burgess in return for a better relationship with council member Della," Stuart writes in the complaint.
Both Della and Namura have adamantly denied making any threats.