After taking a leave of absence in December, Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Seaun Richards says he will be taking the oath of office Monday night for his second term on the council.
In a statement released to MLTnews Sunday, Richards said that he has decided to return to the council despite decisions “made at the council level and Interim City Manager level that affected my life personally and the charitable arm of my business, Cheeseburger Babies Foundation.”
“I took the month of December off to wrap my head around these decisions,” said Richards, who owns Red Onion Burgers on 44th Avenue West just north of 212th Street Southwest. While he still doesn’t agree with the city’s actions, Richards said, “I do believe in the City of Mountlake Terrace.”
Richards notified the city in early December that he was taking a leave of absence after Interim City Manager Scott Hugill said the police department wouldn’t be able to help research the names of children in need who would benefit from the Shop with a Cop program. Hugill cited a dispute with a citizen who has been making public records requests about Richards and would potentially have access to the children’s names.
Richards was able to hold the Shop with a Cop event as scheduled in December with support from the Edmonds School District to identify children in need.
Richards, who has sponsored Shop with a Cop for the past six years through his Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, ran unopposed in the Nov. 3 election. He said he would use the time off to consider whether he would stay on the council.
In his statement Sunday, Richards said that citizens of Mountlake Terrace have been “great to me, my family and our business. I want to thank all of the voters and supporters that have either stopped in or called to show their support.
“I want to continue to see the City of Mountlake Terrace pave its way to becoming the transportation hub of South Snohomish County and continue on its growth of economic opportunities,” Richards said.