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Bothell Mayor Admits to Sexual Relationship But Denies Other Lawsuit Allegations

In response to a lawsuit filed against him in October, married Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, 39, has admitted having a sexual relationship with a former law firm employee, according to the Bothell Reporter.

In response to a lawsuit filed against him in October, married Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, 39, has admitted having a sexual relationship with a former law firm employee, according to the Bothell Reporter.

, seeking damages for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy.

Mae claims Lamb fired her from her paralegal job at the law firm after their two-year affair ended earlier this year.

In Lamb's reponse to the suit, filed Nov. 8, he admits to a sexual relationship with the woman but denies other claims made in Mae’s suit. In a counterclaim, the Lamb’s are requesting that the suit be dismissed and Mae pay all court and attorney fees, the Bothell Reporter said.

“My lawyers have advised me not to comment on this lawsuit against myself, my wife and my law firm,” Lamb told the Reporter. “We will have no further comment until the conclusion of this matter.”

Lamb has been mayor for six years.

While Lamb has been mayor Bothell officials have claimed to be leading the largest municipal downtown project in the state. Over the past two years, the City has broken ground on $89 million in fully-funded projects as part of the total $150 million in planned infrastructure improvements for downtown. 

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David November 22, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Last night I attended the Bothell City Council meeting to join others in voicing our concerns over Mayor Mark Lamb's ongoing illicit sexual acts with an employee of his law office over the past 2 years. Coincidentally, there was also a person who would be giving comments on funding for domestic violence victims who was herself a victim of domestic violence. This individual approached the mayor before the meeting and requested that the video and audio of her not be broadcast to protect her identity. In response, when the meeting began, the mayor requested to have the live video/audio feed to the public access channel turned off for the entire comments portion of the meeting; not just during the presentation of that one speaker, but the entire comments portion. This means citizens did not get to hear comments for a number of topics presented, including comments on the funding of resource officers for the school district as well as, conveniently, any comments that would be made regarding the recent disclusure of the mayor's extramarital affair. Patrick Ewing alone challenged Mark's recommendation for the entire comments portion to be off the air, suggesting that the cameras be turned off only for the one speaker making the request. Lamb didn't agree and all other council members were dead silent, so that was the way it went.
David November 22, 2012 at 07:31 AM
The domestic violence victim spoke first, so when I came up to speak I requested that the live feed be turned back on. The mayor's response was that there may be more victims yet to speak, so they would not turn it back on, but assured me that the audio was being recorded and available later. What's wrong with this picture? There were no more victims of domestic violence on the speakers list. The mayor knew there was only one victim to speak. He even stated so at the beginning of the meeting before the cameras were shut off.. (You can view the part of the meeting that was recorded at http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/CityCouncil/MeetingInformation/VideoArchives.ashx?p=1714 ) Supposedly the transcripts can be requested from the clerk, but the audio is not available.
David November 22, 2012 at 07:32 AM
This manipulation of the meeting to serve the mayor's agenda is an affront to us all, but is nothing less than I would expect given his prior actions. What did surprise me was how the rest of the council members were so silent throughout the public comments portion of the meeting. Pehaps they are taking a wait-and-see attitude on this matter as opposed to taking an active, leadership role. A note to the council members: As you think about what actions you should take, be sensitive that your silence gives the appearance of tolerance of this matter. I hope that is not the case. While Mayor Mark Lamb has proven his actions are not governed by his conscience,, I hope the rest of you will use your conscience as your guide in determining your actions. Please don't wait for the public outcry. It is vital that our leaders be independent thinkers. Please do not just follow the lead of the mayor. To Councilman Patrick Ewing, thank you for making an effort to protect our rights for due process. I will be unable to attend the next 2 meetings, but I urge the public to attend the meeting and speak your mind in the public comments portion of the meeting, whether you agree or disagree with my position on the topic. The meetings are held at the Bothell Municipal Court (10116 NE 183rd St.) The next meeting is Dec 4 at 6:00 PM. Details can be found at http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/CityCouncil/MeetingInformation.ashx?p=1316
Lisa Baumann November 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thanks to David for this information. Also, anyone who would like to blog about this is welcome to do so - http://woodinville.patch.com/blog/apply
TJ Johnson February 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
So says the wife of Tom Turner, Mayor Lamb's pro-annexation toadie.

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