Recall election: Embattled Pacific mayor may soon learn his fate

Recall election: Embattled Pacific mayor may soon learn his fate
Pacific Mayor Cy Sun is seen in King County Superior Court on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
PACIFIC, Wash. - This small town's embattled mayor could soon learn if he is out of a job.

Tuesday is the final day to turn in ballots in the recall election for Pacific Mayor Cy Sun.

With the often controversial mayor at the helm, the small town on the King-Pierce county line has captured colorful headlines for more than a year and half.

Some voters here say the time for change is now.

The recall election has been a year in the making for members of this community who want Mayor Sun out of office. In April the recall committee delivered a petition full of signatures to King County Elections.

Sun, an 83-year-old Korean War veteran, took office as a write-in candidate last year, pledging to root out corruption.

But during his 18 months at City Hall he's been arrested for trying to gain access to the sealed-off City Clerk's Office. He's also fired department heads and police officers.

On top of that, the city nearly faced bankruptcy, resulting in temporarily loss of insurance coverage.

Sun says he supports the recall. But some voters say they're ready for a day in Pacific.

"I'm looking forward to the days following when he's removed from office, and the city can really start to re-build, they can start putting people in positions, they can start going out for grants like they used to help keep our city running and improve our city," says voter Tracey Apata.

Here's some import details for voters:

• Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or dropped in a ballot box by 8 p.m.

• In addition to special drop boxes across the city, a special drop-off van will be parked at the Algona-Pacific Library between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Initial results of the recall could be announced as early as Tuesday evening. The results of the election will be certified July 9.