How do Snomish County’s suit settlements compare to others?

The Snohomish County Council will not respond, or it is still calculating, my inquiry regarding the amounts paid out in settlements over the past four years of Executive Dave Somers’ reign.

I know that millions have been paid to current and former workers, as well as to the many people arrested and jailed, who were either assaulted or killed. I cannot recall even one case that the county defended; they just pay out. Now, with the wild card we have in Sheriff Adam Fortney, we will surely have more in a matter of time.

Somers has not shown leadership, nor the ability to manage these many instances of wrong-doing by his staff. Can The Herald investigate this matter? And offer comparisons to other jurisdictions and even similar size businesses? The buck should stop with Somers, but he and the council who is tasked with oversight of Somers are silent. This is flat wrong.

Rob Dietz


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