The city of Washougal is once again in the spotlight- — and not in a good way.
Police, eye witnesses and Mayor Sean Guard have given conflicting reports as to what happened on Christmas Eve as Guard was traveling on I-5, reportedly encouraging slower traffic to move out of the left lane through the use of flashing lights.
What is not in question, however, is that Guard was driving a 1995 Ford Taurus that belongs to the city of Washougal to treat a family in need to breakfast and shopping. Although the act was one of kindness, Guard admits it was not an excursion associated with any kind of city business.
Last week, the mayor called his decision to use a city vehicle to travel to the South Tacoma area that day — some 140 miles from Washougal — an “error in judgement.”
And not only would we have to most certainly agree with him, we also question the need for an elected official to use a city-owned vehicle at all, and call for a review of the city’s polices that specifically allow for personal use of city vehicles even on a “limited basis.”