Marko Liias voted off Mukilteo payroll

By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 07, 2017
Marko Liias

The Mukilteo City Council has voted to eliminate the policy analyst position currently held by state Sen. Marko Liias, who represents most of Edmonds in the 21st Legislative district.

It will save the city $85,000.

Liias, a former Mukilteo city councilmember, had held the position since 2014.

Councilmember Ted Wheeler said the city could use Liias as a consultant in the future without having to keep him as the policy analyst.

Last month, Liias was named to lead Senate floor action as the majority floor leader in the 2018 Legislative session.

Liias represents most of Edmonds in the 21st District. The 2018 Legislative session opens in Olympia Jan. 8.

Liias also will continue to serve on the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, and will assume roles on the Senate Local Government Committee and the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee.

Liias told the Beacon that he does not take a salary from the city of Mukilteo when he serves in the state Legislature.

“I take unpaid leave while I’m in the legislature,” Liias said during a Mukilteo City Council meeting Nov. 13. “I work with finance to include that in the budget amount for each year.”

Mukilteo Mayor Gregerson, visibly upset, had a few choice words regarding the council’s position.

“I can’t wait to see what a great advocate the senator will be now that you fired him. I just can’t wait to see that.”

 

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