That's because a Pierce County superior court judge formally ordered Sun to fill eight vacant city positions yesterday or face the wrath of the court. The vacant positions in question - created by Sun's tendency to fire folks as part of his controversial corruption cleanup efforts, or by disgruntled employees quitting because Sun is kind of nuts - have brought the city to its knees, according to city attorneys.
Sun now has 30 days to show he's working to fill the positions before a scheduled court check-in on the matter. The city's insurance provider has also notified Pacific that it risks losing its insurance should the positions not be filled.
"We don't have a building official, we don't have a zoning person, we don't have a code enforcer," [Pacific City Attorney Kenyon] Luce said. "The city is at a standstill. All we're asking is that the mayor who has the statutory duties to function and make a city operate, do so and stop beating around the bush."
Not surprisingly, even when it comes to something seemingly as simple as hiring city employees, there's disagreement in Pacific over what's going on, and who's at fault.
Sun claims he's tried to hire department heads, but the city council has blocked his efforts. The city council says the mayor isn't bringing qualified people forward.
"Mayor Sun, it's not for me to tell you how to do your job. I don't intend to, but you do have to do it," said Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper. "The citizens of Pacific need you to get on this, and of course you also need the city council to cooperate."
While the citizens of Pacific may need Sun to get down to business, this blog has certainly benefited from his continual reluctance to do so.
KOMO also reports that Sun will be in court in Seattle today, "as the recall effort against the mayor tries to get a judge's permission to move ahead."