Category Archives: Cheryl Carlson

Cheryl Carlson Separation Agreement

Here is the separation agreement between former City Attorney Cheryl Carlson and the City of Puyallup.

As you can see, her personnel file will show that she resigned.  Also, she is getting $31,000 and four months of COBRA health coverage.

The reason for her resignation is still unknown, and may never be stated publicly.

Filed under Cheryl Carlson

City Attorney Cheryl Carlson, City Separate

This is an informational post only.

No comments will be taken.

Filed under Cheryl Carlson

“Just Trust Staff” – The Reason for the Questions: City Attorney Cheryl Carlson

A common phrase uttered at council meetings by particular lame duck council members is “we need to just trust our staff.”  Well, that would be nice but, unfortunately when people with little-to-no ethics are in charge you cannot “just trust staff.”

Here is a great example, current city attorney Cheryl Carlson.  She was hired on August 8, 2007 to serve at Deputy City Attorney for a starting salary of $97,236 and was to start on September 17.  Click here to see her hiring letter.  On December 10, 2007, less than three months on the job, she was promoted to Interim City Attorney and her salary was raised to $112,416 a year.

On July 1, 2008 she was promoted again to City Attorney, again with a raise to $126,565 a year.  One year later she received a grade-increase raise to $132,246 a year. 

Here is a timeline of all the events, with all information gained through public records requests.

Click here to see her personnel action forms, outlining each raise.

Now, here’s where it really gets good.  On September 18, 2009 former City Manager Gary McLean gave Carlson a retention bonus for her “extraordinary service” of 168 additional vacation hours in her vacation bank as of that day.  In addition, she will receive another 168 vacation hours on October 15, 2009. 

Wait, I know, you think that’s it. Nope.

On November 15, 2009 she will receive ANOTHER 168 vacation hours! 

So, in three months she received the equivalent of 63 vacation days, or three years worth of vacation days, as her contract allows for 21 days a year.

Click here to see the vacation hour letter.

So, our taxes have gone up, our library hours have been cut, our street problems continue to be ignored, yet the city attorney has gone from $97,236 four years ago to $140,111 and literally hundreds of vacation hours now.

Yes, let’s not ask questions, let’s “just trust the staff.”

Filed under Cheryl Carlson, Finances

Foster Pepper Lawyer Bills

Click the links below to see the bills attorney firm Foster Pepper, located in Seattle, sent for work done on the landfill migration fees.

These bills are for two months of work.  $111,000 for two months.

Foster Pepper Bills

Now, here is the city’s resolution that covers Purchasing and Contracting Services.  It says any contract over $35,000 has to be approved by the city council first.  These bills were not brought before the council until after the bills were paid.

Purchasing and Contracting Policy

Filed under Cheryl Carlson, Finances

Be Prepared for Your Landfill Fee to Go Up

After the council voted down an ordinance to raise our utility rates by a 4-3 vote, they entered into an executive session.

When they emerged, the voted 6-0-1 to enter into a settlement agreement for $2 million with a condo developer who built the River Trail and Addison Greens Apartment complexes.  These apartments were built on a former landfill site that was still emitting methane gas.

Here is the link to the case’s court page.

So, to pay for the $2 million payout the city is going to raise your bi-monthly “sanitation/landfill” charge on your utility bill from $1.25 to $4.35.

The irony of this is two-fold: 1.) The council had just voted down the utility rate increase, but this raises our utilities. 2.) At the District 2 neighborhood meeting Monday night, a resident of the West Hills area that was annexated in 2008 questioned why he is being charged $1.25 for the landfill that he never got to use all those years ago because he didn’t live in the city.  Now, he’s forced to pay $4.35 for that landfill he never got to use.

So, we have two questions: 1.) Who stamped the permits for this project? 2.) Knowing that this was handled internally, why was Foster Pepper attorney Steve DiJuilo hired and how much was he paid?

With that said, DiJuilo has a horrible track record for the city.  We have no idea why they keep hiring this lawyer.  This is the same guy that got beat in the AWC case.

Filed under Cheryl Carlson, Finances, Tax Payers Money Wasted