Mayor Cy Sun and His Town Face Extinction - But He's No Longer Being Sued for Molestation

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He's the stubborn, war-hero mayor of Pacific with a dizzying but sometimes blessed ringing in his ears - it shields him from hearing the names he's called while passing out pink slips. He has sacked or forced the resignations of all the town's top officials including three successive police chiefs. He also tried but failed to fire four police officer while they were arresting him for trespassing in City Hall. With Pacific now facing the loss of its liability insurance coverage, the 82-year-old mayor and his 103 year-old town could both be history.

On the other hand, the woman who made headlines claiming he molested her as a child has quietly dropped her splashy lawsuit. It's the closest thing to good news that Cy Sun has heard lately, as you can read in today's Seattle Weekly cover story on the man some call America's most cantankerous small town mayor.

Was the lawsuit politically motivated, timed to coincide with a recently filed petition to recall Sun after just nine months in office? "Of course," he says, even though he tells us he now welcomes the recall vote to "let the people decide" if the mayor who won as a write-in will be written off by a community not sure whether to laugh or cry.

The city council and police both issued votes of no confidence against him, with the cops asserting he'd improperly ordered them to investigate a political opponent who'd falsely claimed that Sun once bragged he'd been Henry Kissinger's personal physician and a stand-in for Don Ho.

As well, a council member publicly challenged Sun to prove he'd earned his war medals, which he promptly did, forcing the councilman to privately apologize - then have the tables turned on him when news spread he was a convicted murderer.

And the other day a judge ordered Sun to begin filling those empty City Hall desks, or face the court's wrath.

Pacific - where the city attorney and Sun take turns locking people out of their offices - has become that kind of town under commando Sun. But he's not giving an inch. "I never backed down," says the man who carries a North Korean bullet in his back. "You take a guy who runs up the hill and kills everybody in combat. You think he's going to give up?"

 
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