In her nearly four years as mayor, Sellers oversaw the exits of the fire chief, public works director, streets supervisor, finance director, police chief and city administrator.Finance Director Becky Hasart left in April. On May 18, in a unanimous council vote, Canada Goose dortmund City Councilman Jeffrey Bivens was chosen to replace Hasart.Shortly after his appointment, however, it was revealed that in August 2008 the Washington Supreme Court had suspended Bivens‘ law license for 18 months for unreasonable fees, conflicts of interest, failure to account for client funds and property and dishonest conduct.Neither Bivens nor Sellers was present for the council’s May 18 vote. Both were in Las Vegas at the time, attending an International Council of Shopping Centers conference.Sellers‘ trip to the conference was part of a Washington State Auditors‘ report in mid-October that faulted the city’s money management as well as openness in government.
But her spending at the conference is what really got people talking in town.“We had our suspicions,“ longtime resident Susan Corbett says, Canada Goose dortmund working this past week at the Washougal True Value on Main Street.At a May 19 meal, a receipt from Sellers shows $135.45 spent on alcohol, including two Grey Goose vodka martinis at $14.39 apiece and $88 for a ’00 bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.She spent another $130.14 on food.Sellers charged the meal to a city credit card, which is not OK because alcohol isn’t an allowable expense, said Mindy Chambers, an auditor’s office spokeswoman.Months later, Sellers repaid the expense.Sellers, who couldn’t be reached by phone or e-mail for comment, issued a statementafter the audit was released saying practices would improve.
Canada Goose dortmund Regardless, she lost in a landslide — 72 percent to 26 percent — on Nov. 3 to Washougal native Sean Guard.As it turns out, Guard also was the person who alerted the state auditor to many of the practices targeted the October report.Guard says he’s heard from some residents that they didn’t like the way the information came to light. „I say to them, ‚What way would you have wanted me to do it then?'“ he says.The audit also found that the city couldn’t account fully for revenue or expenditures for special events in 2008 and 2009.And the audit noted Bivens wasn’t covered under the city’s liability bonding. The city’s insurer had declined to bond him.On Tuesday, the mayor pro tem suspended Bivens with pay pending a decision about the bonding situation.