Northwest NEWS

August 10, 1998

Valley Special

Carnation facing administrative, police issues

   by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor

   CARNATION--In looking for a new administrator, the city needs "expertise to help the city move forward," Mayor Dave Hunter said last week.
   Randy Suko, the former administrator, agreed to a contract termination as of July 31.
   "I felt his skills were not up to the job," Hunter said. "I decided the city needs other expertise and the council agreed."
   Salary is probably the biggest issue right now, he said.
   "The $31,000 offered to Randy (Suko) when he came was less than some of the police officers made," he said.
   The city has budgeted $45,000 last year and this, he added.
   "Snoqualmie and North Bend are in the low to mid $60,000 range," he said. "But we will have to go lower than that."
   Don Morrison, former administrator, has been named to serve in an interim manner.
   Hunter also said he favors contracting with King County Police rather than continue on with Carnation's police force.
   At a July 27 council meeting, he asked councilmembers to allow the citizens to vote on the issue at the Sept. 15 primary.
   "It died for lack of a second," he said. "The council seems to think it's a complicated issue that they wanted to assume responsibility for."
   Hunter brought in Sheriff Dave Reichert at the July meeting to give a presentation on what the county can offer the town.
   But Steve Osterday, who is a member of the Police Advisory Committee, said the citizens want their own police department.
   "We need a good chief and a good manager," he said. "All the problems we have had point to bad management."
   The city is planning a forum on the police issue that is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. As of press time, a location had yet to be decided upon. Those who wish information should call city hall at 333-4192.