Last week Seattle Weekly writer Rick Anderson wrote a post for The Daily Weekly about Pacific mayor Cy Sun, who after winning the job this fall as a write-in candidate has fostered a large amount of dissent from citizens and especially members of the city government because of his seemingly reckless cost-cutting tactics.
After traveling door-to-door to gain write-in support Sun has taken several measures to reduce the city's budget, including working for free. By Sun's math he's already saved the city more than $260,000. However many have challenged this number, and don't appreciate the harsh style he has used in his leadership.
As the post noted:
His opponents challenge that savings claim, much like they've challenged his take-no-prisoner style. (Former mayor Rich Hildreth says Sun's cost-cutting and "incompetence" has put the city at risk.) Since January, the political novice who promised not to "take any gruff from anybody" has fired two department heads, including the police chief, while two others quit their job serving the town's 6,800 residents.
All this has resulted in the city council members passing a no-confidence vote that led to talks of a recall movement last month. A good number of our Daily Weekly commenters seem to agree.
As commenter JJ posted:
Business owners, citizens, and employees have indicated that
he can be extremely hostile. He has
changed his mind on numerous issues in town multiple times. Often when he speaks he gores off on tangents
to the point of being incoherent. These
appear to be some early signs of dementia.
There are some who would appear to have leveraged this for
their own benefit - advisers that are permitted to use city property for free
and others who have received permits that might not comply with code.
If he is suffering from dementia, what can the citizens do?