Debi Humann, the City of Edmonds Human Resources Director fired by Mayor Mike Cooper Thursday, said
Friday afternoon she is “truly humbled” by the outpouring of support she has received from fellow employees and community members.
“I didn’t cry when I was fired but I’ve been crying all day since I started reading the comments,” Humann said, referring to the growing number of posts on My Edmonds News. “I’m truly humbled and overwhelmed.”
Watch for a detailed interview with Humann on Saturday.
In a statement released by Cooper Thursday, he said that he “no longer had confidence in her ability to do the job and to work effectively with me.”
Rumors started appearing on Facebook Thursday morning that Humann had been fired. When asked for comment, Cooper issued the following statement via email to My Edmonds News:
“Debi Humann is no longer employed by the City. This is not a decision that came lightly but a change was needed.
“The city’s ability to function relies on a relationship between the Mayor and staff that is based on the highest level of trust and confidentiality. That level of trust has deteriorated to a place where I no longer had confidence in her ability to do the job and to work effectively with me. In order to have the public trust the city needs a committed staff that maintains that highest level of trust with the mayor and council.”
Humann has worked for the City of Edmonds since 1999, when she was hired as a receptionist in the Human Resources Department. Since that time, she has served as a human resources assistant, analyst, manager and director.
Cooper, who was appointed by the Edmonds City Council following long-time Mayor Gary Haakenson’s resignation in June 2010, is facing a tough election battle against former Edmonds City Council President Dave Earling.