Pacific residents filed a statement of charges against embattled Mayor Cy Sun on Thursday afternoon, the first official step in trying to recall him.
The Committee to Recall Cy Sun filed more than 200 pages with the King County Elections Office alleging misconduct by Sun. Among them are accusations that he has retaliated against city employees, destroyed public records and jeopardized the city’s insurance coverage.
Sun did not return calls for comment Thursday evening.
Sun has fired multiple employees, including the city clerk and chief of police. Pacific’s insurance provider has said it will stop covering the city at the end of the year.
“He was his own worst enemy,” committee chairman Donald Thomson said. “All we’ve done is document what he’s done.”
Thomson asked the mayor to step down at a June meeting. When Sun refused, Thomson helped initiate the recall campaign.
“The mayor said, ‘Go ahead, recall me,’ so here we are,” said Tracey Apata, a Pacific restaurant owner who is part of the effort.
The allegations will go to prosecutors, who will file a petition in King County Superior Court, said attorney Jeff Helsdon, who represents the committee.
If a judge rules the allegations are grounds for a recall, the committee will have 180 days to collect signatures to put the issue on a special-election ballot, Helsdon said.
It needs roughly 400 of the city’s 2,400 voters to do that, which committee members don’t expect to be a problem.
Sun was elected last year, winning in a write-in campaign by 64 votes.
Should Sun appeal the decision, collecting signatures will be delayed pending a Supreme Court decision, Helsdon said.
Pacific is east of Interstate 5 between Seattle and Tacoma, lying in both King and Pierce counties. It has about 6,600 residents.