Washougal council quiet on mayors woes during productive meeting

first_imgWASHOUGAL — The Washougal City Council approved a new ethics policy for elected officials and agreed to temporarily consolidate the city’s fire department with Camas’ during Monday night’s meeting.The 90-minute meeting came and went without the council addressing Mayor Sean Guard’s recent legal woes.Cowlitz County prosecutors charged Guard last week in connection with a December incident where he allegedly used emergency lights on a city-owned vehicle to pass slower-moving traffic on Interstate 5 near Kelso. Guard has a July 6 court date for criminal impersonation in the second-degree of a law enforcement officer. The gross misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.Washougal Planning Commissioner Mike Briggs emailed council members last Wednesday warning them against criticizing Guard at Monday night’s meeting. Council members said they elected not to speak about Guard’s charge because the matter was addressed in December when Guard rescinded his privileges to the city’s retired police car.Briggs left midway through Monday’s meeting. Guard later announced that the planning commissioner had resigned earlier in the day. Briggs submitted a resignation letter to city officials stating his voluntary position interfered with his ability to speak freely in a new journalistic endeavor he planned to launch.last_img

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