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TNT, The Nose Friday Nov. 14th, 2014

Politics:

TNT, The Nose Friday Nov. 14th, 2014:  An aromatic election remnant:  [w]e calculated a fun trivia metric:  the most number of write-in votes cast against an unopposed candidate.  Answer:  Mark “Our Prosecutor” Lindquist. By a long shot….Lindquist had 6,070 write-in ballots cast against him.  The highest number for any of the other 13 unopposed candidates? 3,189.  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we give you the least popular candidate who got a free ride in Pierceland.  An open-and-shut case.

TNT, Letters to the Editor Friday October 3rd, 2014

Politics:

TNT, Letters to the Editor Friday October 3rd, 2014: COUNTY: What’s true cost of Lindquist’s defense?  The Pierce County executive should be concerned about the amount of legal bills paid by Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’ office to outside attorneys at taxpayer expense (TNT, 9-28).  We should all be concerned about how much money he is spending…

TNT, Sean Robinson, Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Politics:

TNT, Sean Robinson, Sunday, September 28th, 2014: County Executive, McCarty worried about legal bills, now at $683,000, The biggest chunk of money comes from a long-running legal battle over Lindquist’s cellphone records. … A second case, linked to a retired sheriff’s deputy seeking a hearing to clear his name, has triggered $248,334 in outside attorney fees….The Washam claims let to multiple settlements…

TNT, Steve Maynard, Tuesday January 21st, 2014

Government Employment, Civil Service: 

TNT, Steve Maynard, Tuesday January 21st, 2014: Payroll issues led to safety chief’s paid leave, Pierce Transit audit cites problems with timekeeping and payments to off-duty police; investigation continues. Mell argues the shake up was the result of a power play..”It looks like this outside investigation may have been precipitated for reasons of self promotion and to achieve a strategic advantage in transitioning these contract services to Pierce County exclusively.”

TNT, Sean Robinson, Tuesday March 13th, 2012

Politics:

TNT, Sean Robinson, Tuesday March 13th, 2012: County requests Washam step down.  Assessor: Council to discuss resolution today. … Washam’s actions violated that agreement, according to Joan Mell, the Fircrest attorney who represents Williams.  On March 5, Mell sent a letter to McDonald and County Executive Pat McCarthy, demanding that leaders suspend Washam from office and fire Ugas.

TNT, Lewis Kamb, Sunday December 18th, 2011

Government Employment, Civil Service: 

TNT, Lewis Kamb, Sunday December 18th, 2011: Cheney renovation leader files claim over dismissal. Tacoma: He says he was wrongfully blamed, fired. In an interview Friday, Melvin and his attorney, Joan Mell, said the city never informed Melvin he was losing due-process rights or other protections when promoting him to a project manager in August 2010 at a salary of $103,000.  Mell further argues that the city’s inclusion of the project-manager position in an unprotected class “is another example of the city systemically undermining its civil service system by just sprinkling it into an ordinance.”  “So, Mr. Melvin gets to work for years thinking was working in a just-cause position, then the city suddenly fires him without cause or explanation,” she said. “…You can’t just make these decisions in a vacuum.”