Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)

Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)

Lynnwood City Council member being investigated — but who is a mystery

An outside firm will investigate undisclosed allegations of inappropriate conduct by an unidentified council member.

LYNNWOOD — The Lynnwood City Council on Monday authorized an investigation into allegedly inappropriate conduct of one of its own.

Council members have not said who is the subject, nor what prompted them to take this unusual action.

“The investigation is going to happen very quickly. The city attorney tells me it will be a couple weeks, not a couple months,” Council President George Hurst said Wednesday.

Hurst said an outside group will be hired to conduct the investigation. When finished, he said he hoped it would be made public.

Council members discussed it, possibly for the first time, in executive session at the tail end of the meeting Monday night.

Before starting that closed-door conversation, Mayor Christine Frizzell said the council would not be taking any action when they came out.

That’s not what happened.

When they emerged, Hurst made a motion “to authorize the city to initiate an investigation of allegations of inappropriate conduct of a council member.” It passed on a 6-0 vote.

Councilmember Shirley Sutton was absent Monday.

The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Monday.

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