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.
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