MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE - WASHINGTON

Matter of Recall of Sawant

Supreme Court of Washington - April 1, 2021 - P.3d - 2021 WL 1217195

Voters filed petition to recall city council member, alleging that member delegated city employment decisions to political organization outside city government, that member used city resources to promote ballot initiative and failed to comply with public-disclosure requirements, that member disregarded state orders related to COVID-19 and endangered safety of city workers and other individuals by admitting hundreds of people into city hall while it was closed to public, and that member led protest march to mayor’s private residence, the location of which member knew was protected under state confidentiality laws.

The Superior Court found charges factually and legally sufficient for recall. Member appealed

The Supreme Court held that:



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