Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said in a news release Tuesday night that he will be reinstating fired City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humann, although she will be laid off in a few weeks because the City Council decided recently to eliminate the HR Director position in a cost-cutting move.
After reviewing the recent whistle blower retaliation claim brought by Humann against former Mayor Mike Cooper, who fired Humann in September after he said he had lost confidence in her, Earling said he “was not able to reach a conclusion” that Cooper retaliated against Humann. However, given what Earling called “various apparent misunderstandings” between Cooper and Humann, he said he was giving Humann “the benefit of the doubt.”
“As a result, I am reinstating Ms. Humann as the Human Resources Director for the remainder of the year,” Earling said. “At the end of the year, she will be laid off due to the City Council’s elimination of the position.”
Earling is in the process of contacting Humann to determine a date of reinstatement, the news release said.