By a six to one vote, the City Council last night voted to confirm Lorenzo Hines as Lynnwood’s new finance director.
Hines, who currently serves as finance director for the city of Edmonds, was Mayor Don Gough’s top choice for the job.
“I am excited to work with Mr. Hines. Lynnwood is fortunate to get such a qualified finance director,” City Councilman Jim Smith said.
Hines is moving on from a controversial situation in Edmonds, where there was ongoing tension between him and two city councilmembers. According to My Edmonds News, Hines complained in November that e-mails and personal interactions between himself and Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Michael Plunkett “have grown more and more hostile.”
The city hired an attorney to investigate the complaint as possible discrimination. The report concluded that “certain of the communications and comments at issue may be construed as rude or uncivil,” but it found that discrimination did not occur.
In an interview with My Edmonds News, Hines said that he respects the conclusion of the investigator that the councilmembers’ conduct didn’t violate state or federal law. “But I also appreciate the fact that there was an acknowledgment that there were certain rude or uncivil behaviors. And that if the council was bound by the same code of conduct that city employees are, there would be an issue. I think this was a lesson for us all because I had no idea – even in a city this small and with us working so closely together – that we’re really not playing under the same rules.”
Our e-mail seeking comment from Hines has not yet been returned.
Hines will take over for interim finance director Pat Dugan.