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Letter | Case settled because there was guilt
After months of stonewalling and being chastised by the courts, it appears that the City of Mercer Island has started settling most of the claims brought by former assistant city manager, Londi Lindell. Before this is all done, when all the true costs are tabulated, it will cost the city closer to $2 million than $1 million. Insurance coverage or not, if the city was not culpable, it should never have settled — it should have fought for a just verdict.
Press release aside, it can be reasonably deduced that the case was settled because there was guilt. The city manager, the mayor and the City Council are culpable. With everything that has been alleged, proven and admitted, why is Rich Conrad still on the city payroll? Why are the people overseeing the city government not feeling responsible? There should be resignations and dismissals.
Where has the buck stopped? Inexcusable.