FERNDALE, Wash. — Citing findings from an investigation led by Ferndale City Council Member Kate Bishop into a City of Ferndale employee grievance, Councilmember and former mayoral candidate Keith Olson was formally admonished by the Council during a City Council meeting on September 3rd.
In response, Olson said, “I have no comments at this time as the city has refused to its legal obligations to provide me with written copies of materials used in this so-called investigation. They keep extending their own dates to provide me with the materials. Yet here we are with a 4-page resolution written by the city attorney, not the council. If the City ever fulfills their legal obligation, I will have a lengthy rebuttal at a future council meeting.”
After that meeting details regarding the accusations and the subsequent investigation were released.
The December 16th regular City Council meeting was Olson’s last City Council meeting after his unsuccessful bid to be elected mayor. It was at this meeting Olson’s silence on the matter ended. He announced he had provided the city clerk a written rebuttal to make public record and left its distribution up to her.
The following is what Olson submitted to City Clerk Susan Duncan.Report-of-Retaliatory-Investigation-of-Whistleblower