I am Sorry
To the Editor,
“I want to begin with saying I am sorry. I have had time to reflect and I recognize that my actions were wrong and I take full responsibility for them. I am sincerely sorry for the hurt that I have caused to members of my community. My failure to recognize the implications of these actions and your feelings can only be rectified by acknowledgement, education and engagement.
I have served the City of Everett for nearly a decade. My goal has always been to improve the lives of all our residents. I love the City and people of Everett. I ask for your understanding and patience as I work to learn from this error, so that I can better serve all our residents. For now, I am ashamed, disappointed and embarrassed, but I am committed to improving.
I have been working with Human Resources and The City’s Director of Equity and Inclusion to identify ways to heal both as an individual and community.
I will be enrolling in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training and I will continue to take steps to better understand and be a better person.
I’ve spoken with minority, civic and religious leaders in the community and will be meeting with them to continue an open dialogue. I am willing to listen and engage the practice of restorative justice.
I ask those who know me and those who don’t, to not let what I have done define me.
I understand the hurt I have brought to my community. I promise, if you give me the chance, I will prove I am a better person.”
Everett City Councilor – Ward 3