We feel it in our guts: Liias hire was unfair | Letter

Jul 02, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

I agree with Council President Randy Lord's assessment: The potential loss of public trust is not worth the potential value of what Sen. Marko Liias could bring to the table [“City Council agreed to a full-time policy analyst,” The Beacon, Letters, page 4, June 18].

There is no rationalization that can remove the appearance of unfairness/impropriety/conflict of interest that folks feel in their gut when they hear about Jennifer appointing her good friend and political ally Marko to this position.

I have no doubt that the appointment was done with the best of intentions and adherence to good HR practices. That is not the point.

The point is that no matter what way it is presented, folks believe what they see: a friend helping another friend at taxpayer expense. Trust in our government is eroded, Jennifer and Marko's credibility is lessened. We all lose when this happens.

The remedy is to swiftly rectify this mistake in judgement: It is not too late for Jennifer to reconsider and for Marko to resign. That is how he can best serve Mukilteo.

Terry Preshaw,


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