Pacific residents decry 'tyrant' mayor over bullying, firings

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PACIFIC, Wash. - Angry residents of the city of Pacific called the town's mayor a tyrant, a liar and a bully during a chaotic city hall meeting Monday night.

 

They accused Mayor Cy Sun of bullying city workers and leading Pacific toward financial ruin.

 

Residents said that unless Sun resigns, the city could face huge lawsuits from former city employees who say they were wrongly terminated.

 

"Mr. Sun, you have raped and pillaged this town beyond recognition," said one of the people lined up to unload their opinions about the 82-year-old mayor.

 

"I am demanding -- I'm not requesting -- turn your keys into the council because right now, you are fired," said another.

 

At times, the mayor seemed to almost enjoy the barrage of insults and accusations, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Gary Horcher.

 

Since Sun won office as the city's first-ever write-in candidate last year, every city manager and department head except one has either been fired or has resigned. Some are considering suing the city.

 

The city's chief of police was fired last week. The interim chief, chosen by mayor, has resigned as well.

 

At times, the mayor seemed to almost enjoy the barrage of insults and accusations, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Gary Horcher.

 

"The mayor has destroyed this town. I live in this town. A lot of seniors live in this town, and I felt I had to step up and do something," said Don Thomson.

 

Thomson is drafting a recall petition because he worries the city's insurance company will drop coverage, leaving every remaining city employee exposed to liability. Some said that could put Pacific out of business.

 

"Your bullying, intimidating, lying and threats have destroyed the staff left at the city," Thomson said.

 

But the mayor said the people wanting him to leave are in the minority and that he will not resign.

 

"I was voted in to do what I'm doing right now, and I'm doing what the voters voted me in," Sun said.

 

This city has fewer than 7,000 people. Sun won by about 70 votes.

 

A recall could take six months.