Amid scandal, some call for Puyallup mayor's resignation

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PUYALLUP, Wash. —

 

 Some people in Puyallup are asking the mayor to resign after allegations by two women that he inappropriately touched them.

 

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, a second woman stepped up publicly for the first time, saying Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen touched her inappropriately.

 

Hansen first faced accusations last week that he touched an employee’s shoulder in a flirtatious way and made inappropriate comments.  That employee said that several days after that incident, Hansen put his hands on her hips.

 

Tuesday night, a former City Council employee said the mayor grabbed her shoulders and shook her back and forth before a City Council meeting last year.

 

“I just hope that you learned from your education. Moving forward, personal boundaries – it made me uncomfortable,” said former employee Nicole Martineau.

 

The mayor apologized at the meeting.

 

“I am truly sorry and embarrassed.  I assure you this type of incident will not occur again,” said Hansen.

 

A report details the allegations against the mayor.

 

The city spent $1,700 on an awareness class for Hansen.

 

The all-male City Council voted Tuesday to admonish the mayor, but some members of the public said they want Hansen to resign.