Questions remain for Mukilteo mayor regarding diversity panel

The article regarding Mukilteo’s Diversity Education and Inclusion Commission omitted some salient points (“In Mukilteo, mayor-council friction over diversity appointees,” The Herald March 21).

I agree with the writer that the March 7 meeting demonstrated the balance of power between the mayor and council. Please consider the following:

1. The mayor chose three candidates, one turned in a slipshod application. (Did he or she want the position?) I cannot imagine why this candidate did such a cursory job on an application. Did the person think they were a shoo-in?

2. The council liaisons to the DEI Commission are a Hispanic woman and an African American male. Why on earth wouldn’t the mayor include them in the discussion?

3. The mayor ranted about the meeting on a radio talk show and allowed the host to disparage some of the council members. One of the ending remarks the mayor made on this show was “I am the boss.”

The writer did not mention that at the end of this meeting, the mayor made yet another unilateral decision to name one council member to represent Mukilteo in talks about the re-development of our city’s waterfront. Small wonder that the other six council members pushed back.

Elaine Knapp


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