Letters: Leaders should be transparent and Mayor's response

Oct 18, 2017

Leader's should be transparent

My name is Jeff Wakemen, former husband to Mukilteo Mayor Gregerson.

I find it insulting that Mr. Champion and the Mayor continue to deny the relationship that has existed between them for nearly the entire length of their terms.  Just own up to it!

It’s not illegal in any way as far as I am aware.  It is only a matter of public concern due to it being an obvious conflict of interest with the parties being able to act, and make decisions independently of each other, when it comes to the leadership guiding this city of 20,000 Mukilteans.

What happens behind closed doors of private citizens is none of anyone’s business. However, what elected officials do behind closed doors should be everyone’s business, and I’m unhappy that it happened behind my door, but that’s done and over with.

Mukilteo deserves to be represented by people that don’t and won’t put their personal aspirations and desires ahead of the needs of its residents and then refuse to be open and transparent with the people they work for.

 

Jeff Wakeman

Mukilteo

 

Editor’s note:

Upon receiving the letter from Mr. Wakeman, the Beacon reached out to both Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and councilmember Bob Champion. Mayor Gregerson decided to comment on the matter, Champion declined to give any comment.

 

 

Mayor’s response

 

 

I wish that Jeff and I could have resolved our differences in private, like so many other couples who go through a difficult divorce. Unfortunately, this ugliness has spilled into a divisive campaign and I have no choice but to respond. It is a lie that I had a relationship with Bob Champion for the length of my term, it is a lie that my decisions have been compromised, and it is a lie that I have put my personal aspirations ahead of our city’s needs. It is true that my relationship with Jeff ended very unhappily. I am sorry that Jeff has chosen to make our unhappiness so public.

During my first year in office, Peter Zieve threatened to fire Jeff from his engineering job at Electroimpact if I allowed a mosque to receive a building permit. Now, Peter is papering the town with the same false accusations that are in Jeff’s letter. I am sad that Peter and his campaign of hate are using Jeff and his unhappiness to attack me and Bob Champion. There are very personal reasons why my relationship with Jeff ended. And even though we are no longer married, I hope that he gets the help and support he deserves.

But when it comes to this election, I am proud of what our city has accomplished over the last four years, and I have laid out my vision for Mukilteo: a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods. I am asking voters to ignore these horrible campaign tactics and focus on the issues. Readers are welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns by phone (425-239-5241) or email (jennifer@jennifergregerson.com).

 

 

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor of Mukilteo

Comments (8)
Posted by: mario lotmore | Oct 18, 2017 12:25

Pretty weak response from Mayor Gregerson and who can blame her.  Allegedly violating the SEPARATION OF POWERS is a concern for the residents of Mukilteo.  As Mayor, Jennifer Gregerson is the executor; whereas Bob Champion, the President of the Council, is responsible for BUDGET, AGENDA ITEMS, and POLICY.  Bob Champion is the deciding vote on matters of policy. I encourage everyone to review the voting history for the last few years to look for themselves from the minutes posted on the city’s website and review the instances Bob Champion’s vote pasted policy to break a tied council vote.

For the record, Mayor Gregerson has denied her romantic involvement with the Council President twice before, the last time was in last Wednesday's Everett Herald.  However, in today’s Beacon she cleverly stated, she denied the relationship with Council President Bob Champion for the “length of my term” hence not denying the affair and the conflict of interest. Mayor Gregerson is being very deceitful, because in Jeff’s letter he stated that the relationship was not for the entire term only “nearly the entire term.”

The Mayor must remember that Peter Zieve is not her opponent; she is running against Dan Mathews. The people of Mukilteo will decide with their ballots if the Mayor’s and Council President Bob Champion’s decision-making ability have been comprised and have ignored the will of the people because of their romantic involvement. I question how many other members of the Council knew of this affair and the resulting conflict of interest?  Were they threatened not to come forward? This letter is an example of how the Champion-Gregerson team rule with fear and intimidation; the city deserves better…Mukilteo is ready for a change!



Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Oct 18, 2017 13:57

You know if this was more than an October surprise, why are we hearing about this now?  Because it's a cynical October shock and awe surprise by small fractions of men who frankly need to dial up the personal attacks instead of talk about what they'd do when in power.

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Let me add something as well you weak little men - and I'm taking to Mario, Peter, Jeff and yes Danny: Councilmember Bob Champion is about 20-30 years older than Mayor Gregerson.  I'm only getting news of Mayor Gregerson's marital status now and thought my friend was married this whole time.

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If Dan Matthews "wins" this election, I will personally walk away from advocating FOR Mukilteo transit needs.  Period.



Posted by: Charlie Pancerzewski | Oct 18, 2017 16:33

Joe--since you do not live in Mukilteo you likely do not hear what is being said among those who do not write letters about it. This may be new to you but not to me or others I know. The other letter above makes an excellent point about use of words. The Mayor says it is a lie that she and Mr. Champion had a relationship for the length of her term. I am sure that is correct as the relationship would have to have started the first day of her term to be for the "length of her term" and, if there was a relationship it likely did not start on day one.

 

An honest response would have been to say whether there was any relationship for any period of time between the two.

 

I wonder how her former husband got Mr. Champion's name to use in saying there was an affair. Did he just pick Mr. Champion's name out of a hat of names? If so, he could have picked any man's name if the entire facts are untrue.

 

The Mayor and Council President meet to decide what the Council will have on its Agenda to discuss, or not discuss. The Council President is supposed to represent the best interests of the Council and those in the City. If they were to have had a relationship it is unlikely they would oppose each other in deciding what topics should be on the Council Agenda for consideration and decision. The Administration and Council are supposed to be independent in things like this and a Council meeting is just that, it is not a Mayor's meeting even though she conducts their meeting.

If you walk away from Mukilteo transit needs I am not sure what the importance of that would be. I have no information about what you have to do with Mukilteo in the past or in the future. You just write to the Beacon almost every week about something on line which not many people read. if you have something important for readers, why not write a letter for publication as a non-resident?



Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Oct 18, 2017 16:48

Charlie;

If I leave, the best boot Mukilteo has that's up the butt up three transit agencies to serve Mukilteo goes.  Mukilteo will still be stuck paying transit taxes.  There.

Jeff Wakeman got Bob Champion's name from Peter Zieve who threatened to fire him to pressure Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.  So there too.

I also write letters to the editor for publication.  Thanks Charlie for your engagement in the process.

Cheers;

Joe



Posted by: Charlie Pancerzewski | Oct 19, 2017 09:06

Joe

I am unable to make sense out of your response about transit agencies. You do not say how or why you think you are helping Mukilteo in some way. You do not say what it is about Mukilteo and transit that causes you to continually write comments or what value you think you bring to Mukilteo.  Can you spell this out so anyone reading it can understand why you as a non-resident are writing and why you think you are important to whatever you think about transit and Mukilteo>

As to the Wakeman matter. What evidence do you have to make that comment? Did Wakeman or Zieve tell you that? What you say sounds like you have an inside track about this, yet your initial letter said you thought the Mayor and Wakeman were still married. Sounds to me like you are making up the above response to justify your views. Not a very good way to convince anyone reading your letters that you know what you are talking about, that you just want to write about a lot of Mukilteo issues. Since you do no live in Mukilteo why are you writing all this stuff?



Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Oct 19, 2017 17:05

Charlie;

It's blatantly obvious you are just spinning for Dan Matthews and want to silence me.  Good luck with both.... not.

Have a nice day;

Joe



Posted by: KEITH NYBERG | Oct 23, 2017 13:15

I am curious on the Zieve sign says he has 6 kids and he says 4 kids went to Mukilteo school district with the two from his first marriage who didn't go to Mukilteo schools and his kid in Israel and the 4 in Mukilteo something in the math doesn't add up. Zieve is like the man he supported for president. The truth only matters if it fits the scenario. 



Posted by: Charlie Pancerzewski | Oct 26, 2017 12:40

If the number of his children is important to you, why not just call him or text him and ask. I would not think he would have any reason to to provide the information you need. How the president gets into  your response above seems like you are trying to make your concern about how many children he has be at the same level of importance as some disagreement you have regarding the president. It is not clear to me what you feel is important in deciding who can manage our city better. If the number of children is important by all means find out the answer.



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