Mayor ducks comment on number of convicted felons employed by city

Everett City Hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

It is well known in city hall circles that the city employs or has employed a number of convicted felons.

It is clearly against the law in Everett for a convicted felon to be employed as a municipal employee or to serve in public office in any capacity according to the Everett City Charter.

The City Charter states exactly “any person who has been finally convicted of a state or federal felony shall not be eligible to petition or to serve in any elective or appointive office or position.”

The City Charter also specifies without equivocation that its anti-felon employment policy would apply to “any mayor who has been finally convicted of a state or federal felony shall be deemed to have vacated said office and shall be disqualified from serving in any other elective or appointive or position under the city.”

While the mayor has not been convicted of any felonies to date, he has had a number of run-ins over the years that led to court and apparent cash settlements with allegedly aggrieved parties to stay out of trouble.

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