June 4, 2010 Leave a comment
Former Council Member Carol Stone Named In Lawsuit Against The City Of Sunnyside
The continuing fallout from the soap opera at Sunnyside City Hall has resulted in at least one lawsuit being filed in Yakima County Superior Court. The City of Sunnyside, and Carol Stone personally, are defendants. In the case of Carol Stone, her OUT OF SCOPE activities as a former Council Member will now be reviewed by the judicial system.
Legal action began in 2009, but was generally not reported by the local newspapers. Now a lawsuit is pending, and the city’s legal firm and insurance company are responding. At issue is a contract dispute, and also Carol Stone’s abuse of her position, interference with the former City Manager and city staff, and contributing to an alleged hostile work environment at City Hall. The City Council has refused to hear the results of investigations into the alleged hostile work environment, despite two independent investigations being conducted. The city’s insurance company began one investigation, the other was conducted through a contract with the city’s legal firm.
For those that responded to Carol Stone’s fundraising for her personal checking account (promoted by the Sunnyside Lion’s Club with the help of the Daily Sun News), keep in mind that Stone’s personal funds may instead be used to pay for legal fees as a result of her unethical behavior while previously serving as a City Council Member.
In an April 15, 2009 letter to former City Manager Eric Swansen (illegally fired under the last City Council), former City Attorney Mark Kunkler (who resigned in protest due to the unethical and illegal activities of Council Members), and former Council Member Carol Stone (who desperately tried to cling to her position through a failed recount of ballots), attorney for Allen Dosch (Plaintiff in the lawsuit) stated:
“It has come to light, without refute, that, in fact, Ms. Stone approached several department heads of the City and private individuals and specifically told them “not to do business with Allen Dosch”, or any of his businesses, specifically Precision AG….”
“My client has suffered significant damage to his reputation as a business owner, damage to his business, and severe emotional distress as a result of these statements.”
In 2009, a $1 million damage claim against the City was lodged by Dosch’s attorney. In addition to the April 15, 2009 letter to Carol Stone, Dosch’s attorney also sent letters on July 1, 2009, and again on October 7, 2009. In each instance, Carol Stone ignored attempts by Mr. Dosch and his attorney to resolve the dispute.
A lawsuit is now in Yakima County Superior Court, filed on April 16, 2010, by Allen Dosch, Elite Towing & Recovery, LLC., Sunnyside Towing, Inc., and Precision AG, Inc., as plaintiffs against the CITY OF SUNNYSIDE, and CAROL STONE. The case number is 10-2-01153-5. On behalf of Carrie Stone-Arroyo (who has requested additional research be conducted by this blog, and is also the daughter of Carol Stone), I would like to take a moment to thank the Research Division of this blog for providing this information.
During Carol Stone’s tenure on the City Council, she and her colleagues presided over a leadership “implosion” (as the Daily Sun News put it) at Sunnyside City Hall. While Stone is no longer on the Council, there are longer-lasting effects of the damage that she and the prior City Council wrought on the employees and citizens of this community. This is just the latest lawsuit, and more may follow.
Dosch’s 2009 Damage Claim Filed With The City Of Sunnyside dosch_claim_file_061609