Councilwoman Cole resigns from Edmonds job, citing hostile work environment

Lynnwood City Councilwoman Kimberly Cole has resigned from her position as executive assistant to Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper.

Her attorney, James W. Spencer, released the following statement Friday morning:

Kimberly Cole sought our services to address the hostile work environment created by certain employees of the City of Edmonds. Unfortunately, satisfactory resolution was not to be had, and Ms. Cole made the very personal decision to resign her position as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Edmonds on September 22, 2011. Throughout her public career, Ms. Cole has championed transparency in government. While she is currently unable to comment on the circumstances that led to her resignation, she is confident that the truth will become public in due course.

Cole’s resignation comes amid the firing of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humann. State officials are also conducting an audit of employee time sheets after a complaint by another city of Edmonds employee. It’s unknown at this time what role, if any, Cole and Humann have in the matter.

Mayor Cooper told the Everett Herald he can’t discuss the matter because of possible legal action against the city.

More details are available from our news partners at My Edmonds News.

  1. I just had a fantastic idea that could be the solution to our current fiscal challenges….

    Kimberly Cole sues Edmonds for all their money and then gives it to the city of Lynnwood!! 

    I realize that it isn’t a permanent solution but until the city digs its way out of the budget mess I think it is time that we examine some sound strategies based on common sense. 

    It could turn out to be an astute political move as well, she would be a shoo-in come time for re-election.  Besides, didn’t she help make this mess in the first place?  We could call it even.   

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