A recent article in the Town Crier regarding the Winlock Mayor about a letter on city letterhead prompted Winlock City Clerk Tedi Curry to send an email to the former publisher of the Town Crier Pat Myers. The Town Crier was in disbelief that a city clerk would send an email to the media source that has been concerned about the operations of the mayor and his administration.
The City Clerk's email included complaints about publishing the letter stating that the letter the mayor was talking about was about "Home Depot and Walmart." Even though there was no mention of either of these companies during the city council meeting. She also addressed the parking lot, stating nothing had been spent on it, even though the permit states "SEPA review." Curry's email had many false statements in it, a few will be described in this article.
First, it's important to understand that the clerk's role is a nonpolitical role. The clerk is to take care of the everyday duties of the office, they are not to get involved in the politics of the mayor. This clerk used city resources, time and taxpayers dollars for her own personal agenda. Not once but twice. In this case the taxpayers paid for her to write a false narrative to the Town Crier, first in January of 2019 and the last one sent on May 2nd at 8:41 a.m., well over an hour after she starts her work day.
Curry's very first paragraph included, "This Mayor has accomplished more in the past year and four months than the last two Mayors accomplished in eight years." Mayor Bradshaw has received just over $1M in grants, while former Mayor Dowell accomplished 10 times that amount, receiving over $10M, a gross untruth by City Clerk Tedi Curry.
Curry as the Winlock City Clerk should not be discussing politics or making false statements in any official capacity. Curry in her role as City Clerk made a false statement period. RCW 42.20.040 states, "Every public officer who shall knowingly make any false or misleading statement in any official report or statement, under any circumstances, not other prohibited by law, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor."
Curry also wrote in her email, "The letter printed in the last Town Crier was not the letter the Mayor was referring to. That particular letter went to Home Depot and Walmart." No other letter was mentioned during the council meeting. NONE. The only letter mentioned during the city council meeting on April 22, 2019 was a correspondence from the 501c3. The city clerk's email states there was not one letter, but now three. The mayor stated on the record that no letters went out on city letterhead, who is right, the city clerk or the mayor?
The City Clerk also stated in the email that the letter was sealed and not the property of the concerned citizens. The letter was given to the concerned citizen by the mayor. For the record, the letter was never sealed, they were waiting for the information from the 501c3 before sealing the letter. Another false statement by the Winlock City Clerk.
Curry also stated, "Another letter generated by the committee and distributed to business owners was not a city project." In truth, the letter Curry is referring to was discussed at the meetings every Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Winlock City Hall, which city staff attended along with the Mayor. The letter she is referring to did not go out to ALL business owners, it only went out to the business owners that Mayor Bradshaw likes, how is this not a city project? There is a business owner in town that Mayor Bradshaw does not like, he has several buildings and he did not receive any of the letters.
Curry also complained about the statement of funds being used on the parking lots, a SEPA review must be done by an engineer. Mayor Bradshaw stated on the record that a SEPA was required for the parking lot which are not free, nor are our engineers.
Curry's email brought up a new concern. Her email stated, "The area that is being filled has been a city eyesore for many years. It was and is in the best interest of our citizens to clean it up." The permit states the lots are to be used as single family homes eventually. The city should not clean up private property, they send out notices to landowners to clean up properties or face fines. There was a burned out home on Kerron that the city did not "clean up." There are other private properties in the city that are a danger, will taxpayer dollars be spent on those as well?
The Town Crier heard about the illegal dumping of dirt on Jones Road, at which time a public records request was sent to the city clerk. The City immediately sent out a press release. The Town Crier has received many false statements from this city hall so the Town Crier declined to print the press release until backup documents could be received. It also had absolutely zero environmental impact on the citizens of the City of Winlock. Curry continued to send emails to Myers, harassing him to print the press release even though they removed the Town Crier as their newspaper of record and are doing no business with them. The newspaper of record for the city did not print their press release and the newspaper of record was not cc'd on the press release they sent the Town Crier. It was simply used by Curry to harass the Town Crier's former publisher.
Curry continues to use taxpayers dollars and resources to push the Mayor's agenda, a role a City Clerk should never put themselves in. This is a definite misuse of taxpayers funds and is not in line with RCW 35.23.121 of City Clerk duties or her job description.