Amid scandal, some call for Puyallup mayor's resignation



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.