We requested comments from each of the Lynnwood City Council members regarding the personnel investigation of Mayor Don Gough. So far Councilman Jim Smith is the only one to respond:
Between Gough’s hostile actions towards employees, and his gross mismanagement of city funds, I am very disturbed about all of this. Any department head that did what Gough did to his employees would have been immediately terminated. Any city manager that mismanaged our funds the way Gough did would have been fired millions of dollars ago.
I have stayed out of this as much as I could. There has been a groundswell of citizens, employees and council members that are very angry and feel betrayed by Gough. The honorable thing for Gough to do is resign…and go back to being an attorney.
Jim Smith has served on the Lynnwood City Council since 1988, the longest of any current council member. He ran against Mayor Gough in the last two elections.
Smith has been advocating for a city manager-led form of government.
So far Gough has not responded to our request for comment.