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From LangelyElecteds.org: Tragic

December 22nd, 2012 at Sat, 22nd, 2012 at 6:44 am by Rene Neff

Its my opinion the City Council has had mixed legal messages in regard to whether Larry Kwarsick could remain as mayor. It has been very difficult to know how to navigate though this mess. I support the laws of WA State both as a citizen and as a City Council Member. Since I swore to uphold the laws of our town and the state of WA I must also support and uphold the judgments handed down by Greg Banks and Judge Churchill of Island County. I appreciate Larry’s positive impact on the city but at this time I believe it would be best for the City and for Larry and his family if he resigned as Mayor.

I want to go on record as supporting Jeff Arrango for reporting this transgression because if he had not he would have been complicit in the action and held liable as well. Jeff’s ethical behavior in reporting this to the council was admirable and brave. Once Larry admitted to Jeff he had taken an improper action Jeff did what he was legally supposed to. It has not been easy for him either. I apologize to Jeff for the suffering he has endured these 8 months. He has been criticized by some for his action. It has been hard to be a “whistle blower” on a such a popular and productive mayor. I hope the community, staff and council can all work together to heal the “wounds” everyone feels around this issue.

Last Tues. I read a statement of support for Larry at the City Council meeting. I was very emotional and I was hoping in my heart of hearts there was some way to salvage the situation. I have been a close friend to Larry and his family for over 30 years and our kids grew up together. I have had great respect for Larry working with him this year on the council. However I cannot condone his actions and am now very worried about how this will all play out for our town. Once again Langley is torn apart by controversy and taking sides on this issue. I am afraid I have contributed to this pain by supporting Larry at the Tues. meeting. If people were offended by what I read, or feel I acted unethically I apologize to them. I spoke from my heart that evening but perhaps I should have spoken as a City Council member.

I leave today for a vacation and will not return till Jan. 8. I felt compelled to make a statement even though I have no idea what the outcome of these events will be. My heart goes out to the town, to the staff who have endured so much stress over the last few years and to the Kwarsick family. Wishing our community peace in the new year.

 

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