Early count shows residents voting to recall Pacific mayor

PACIFIC, Wash. (AP) - Embattled Pacific Mayor Cy Sun's days in office could be numbered.

Early election returns show residents of the small town are voting to recall Sun.

The initial tally Tuesday night showed more than 67 percent voting in favor of recalling Cy Sun with about 33 percent voting to retain the mayor. Final results will be certified July 9.

Sun ran on an anti-corruption campaign in 2011 and won as a write-in candidate. He's fired police chiefs and other city employees, prompting lawsuits against the town.

The recall election has been a year in the making for members of this community who want Mayor Sun out of office. In April the recall committee delivered a petition full of signatures to King County Elections.

The recall accuses him of jeopardizing the town's insurance by leaving some jobs vacant.

During his 18 months at City Hall, Sun has been arrested for trying to gain access to the sealed-off City Clerk's Office. He's also fired department heads and police officers.

Sun did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

If the mayor is removed, the city council would appoint a replacement for the remainder of his term.