Council questions firing of city administrator

SNOQUALMIE - Some Snoqualmie City Council members have concerns over the mayor's decision to fire the city administrator earlier this month and an investigation he performed to come to that decision.

Following the firing of City Administrator Gary Armstrong on July 15, council members Matt Larson and Greg Fullington said they have not received satisfactory answers as to why Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher fired Armstrong.

"[Armstrong] was the best thing that we have had happen to this city in a long time," Fullington said. "His leadership is what keeps the city afloat."

Fletcher said he came to his decision to fire Armstrong after a two-week investigation he performed during the first two weeks of April. Prior to the investigation, he approached the City Council individually and asked them if they would approve of him taking two weeks off work to personally investigate the city adminstrator while Armstrong was on a two-week leave. To be able to do that, Fletcher asked for a $1,553 expenditure from the city that would reimburse his lost wages (Fletcher received $1,200 after taxes). Fletcher said the money came from the city's general fund and did not cause the mayor's salary line item fund to go over, but the budget would have to be adjusted later this year. Fletcher also said he got a verbal go ahead from the majority of the council.

"Based on the situation and things that were happening in the city, it became apparent that I needed to look closer at how the city was running and investigate different issues that I had been privy to from different sources within the city, including employees, council members, citizens, former employees and all those kind of things," Fletcher said.

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