How the appointment of EJ Curry to the Yelm City Council was handled demonstrates why so few people step up to serve on the council and citizen committees, discouraged by crass cronyism!
Since when is having city council experience a requisite to where all other candidates without such are disqualified? Yet Mayor JW Foster continues to break ties by appointing his loyalists. Council candidate John McGuire was so incensed about what he saw coming of a sham process that he formally notified council to withdraw his name prior to the vote.
That is very disheartening for new ideas being represented in our city government.
In fairness, Foster should have done what he said after the first tie-breaking vote and let the county commission break the tie, if a second tie-breaker was required.
Your newspaper published the council applications, and Councilor Joe DePinto mentioned to his council colleagues that EJ Curry dated her candidate’s application May 5, 2020, in which Mayor Foster officially submitted to the city on her behalf May 11, 2020, the first official day the position was opened on the city’s website.
The appearance of a conflict-of-interest in that action was crystal clear. That a former city councilor did not follow the city’s established procedures in submitting her own candidate application to the city’s human resource specialist would have automatically disqualified Curry in my mind.