Bothell Mayor Admits to Sexual Relationship But Denies Other Lawsuit Allegations

In response to a lawsuit filed against him in October, married Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, 39, has admitted having a sexual relationship with a former law firm employee, according to the Bothell Reporter.

In response to a lawsuit filed against him in October, married Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, 39, has admitted having a sexual relationship with a former law firm employee, according to the Bothell Reporter.

, seeking damages for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy.

Mae claims Lamb fired her from her paralegal job at the law firm after their two-year affair ended earlier this year.

In Lamb's reponse to the suit, filed Nov. 8, he admits to a sexual relationship with the woman but denies other claims made in Mae’s suit. In a counterclaim, the Lamb’s are requesting that the suit be dismissed and Mae pay all court and attorney fees, the Bothell Reporter said.

“My lawyers have advised me not to comment on this lawsuit against myself, my wife and my law firm,” Lamb told the Reporter. “We will have no further comment until the conclusion of this matter.”

Lamb has been mayor for six years.

While Lamb has been mayor Bothell officials have claimed to be leading the largest municipal downtown project in the state. Over the past two years, the City has broken ground on $89 million in fully-funded projects as part of the total $150 million in planned infrastructure improvements for downtown. 

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David November 15, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Why doesn't this surprise me? Given how this demonstrates a severe lack of integrity, I hope he resigns quickly to let the city get on with choosing a replacement. If he can't respect his oath to his wife, how can we trust him to uphold his oath to the City of Bothell? See my full comment at http://thenotesguyinseattle.com/2012/11/15/bothell-mayor-mark-lamb-sex-scandal/.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Mark Lamb: Please do yourself and the City of Bothell a favor by stepping down. General David Be-Trayed-Us: Thank you for stepping down, that was the least that you could have done. Both of you: Here's hoping that you never live a day without guilt and fear that at any time, you may awake with your respective wives ready to __________________.
Alana wilson November 15, 2012 at 06:04 PM
When will people stop messing with other people's lives? Your getting your kicks off people who are really hurting and never mind other people's morals, what does that say about you? Are you so pure of sin/guilt that you have the right to judge others?! Like the bible says... "let he without sin cast the first stone"
David November 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
No, I don't get my kicks from other's pain. Any pain he might be feeling is his own conscience. We are just holding him accountable for his actions. Integrity is an intrinsic part of being a public servant. Thus the terms PUBLIC and SERVANT. If Mark Lamb used his position of authority at his law office for personal gain, I have no reason to believe he would act differently in his position as Mayor of Bothell. I am not casting stones, I am calling for him to resign from a position that he is clearly not suited nor qualified. In short, I don't trust this person to manage my tax money. As for judging people, that is something we all do and is actually an important part of society. In business we all judge others, making decisions about hiring, firing, and promoting people based on our assessment of their behavior. In fact, is not your response itself judgmental? BTW, adultery is illegal in 23 states.
Mi Ness November 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Another mistress is now stepping forward. When this trial begins, taxpayers will be appalled at Lambs behavior, lack of integrity and downright dishonest activities. Theres a huge “paper trail”.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Right on.
Fissilemissile November 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Nancy. How is this interesting? Something in your life must not be fulfilled if other peoples sexual transgressions are of interest to you. His family life is going down the tube along with his carrier... Oh that's just interesting... You're sick. Get a life.
Barbara Turner November 17, 2012 at 05:58 AM
The mayor's personal life should not affect how voters evaluate his performance on behalf of the city of Bothell. People make mistakes, but if his leadership has been positive and beneficial for Bothell, residents need to look at that in determining his ability to lead the city. Refrain from personal attacks and look at his record. Have you never made a mistake in personal judgement? Let's evolve and judge our leaders by their leadership. Personal decisions are often driven by emotion and do not necessarily translate into how we make business decisions. Support our effective government leaders. I suspect that some critical comments may come from people dealing with their own guilt and personal issues.
David November 17, 2012 at 07:44 AM
It's not about sex. It's not about his private life. It's about his judgment. It's about how he wields his authority. Also, as a PUBLIC official, he is a representative of the citizens of our city, of each of us, of YOU. As such, his behavior reflects upon all of us at all times, not just the 4 hours a month he spends in front of the cameras during city council meetings. You say look at his record as mayor? Absolutely! I can cite numerous examples of where his judgment cost taxpayers unnecesarily. If more people had looked more carefully at his record a year ago, we would have been spared all this because it is highly unlikely he would be in office now and his private life would be irrelevant and of no concern to the public. His ongoing string of bad decisions over the past year --yes, he repeatedly made the same bad choices since 2010-- that got him to where he is now would never have even made the news. You say his actions outside the council hall should not influence how the people he represents evaluate him? What you're implying is that it's OK to be two-faced, so long as the one that appears at the council meetings is the good one. One of the most important lessons I learned on the pathway to Eagle Scout is that one's character is defined by the sum of all their actions, not just a select subset. And I am not convinced he would protect the city's interests over his own based on what we have now learned of his true character; now that we have seen his other face.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Dear Barbara: In regards to your last sentence: "I suspect ... their own guilt and personal issues." Please provide for all of us your Masters Degree or PhD in the field of psychology by way of scanning your official diploma and posting it on-line. There is way to do this because announcements are free on Patch. We will need to do a thorough check of your credentials before we take that last sentence with any seriousness. Barbara, when a leader of a city, state and or business takes a role of leadership, that comes with a great amount of responsibility. What Mr. Lamb did in his "personal life" also spilled into his professional spectrum. There are certain "personal" decisions that prove to be GRAVE to a person's professional career. Adultery is one of those decisions that affects more lives than one. When a person is a mayor of a city, they are also a role model for many people. What do we explain to our kids? How do we explain this to young adults who aspire to be managers and leaders? Are you saying that is ok to say, "It is all right that Mr. Lamb is married to one woman but chose to sleep with another woman. He did that on his spare time. We shouldn't judge what he does personally. His judgment is sparkling clean professionally so what he does to betray his wife and family is not a big deal." Barbara, when elected officials betray their wives and families more than likely they have or will betray good citizens also.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
David: Again, my thanks. Well said.
Nancy Cunningham November 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The fact that the issue involves the mayor makes it a public interest story. They should have kept their private affair private. Yes, people do make mistakes, but this is a bit more than an error in judgment or a sexual adventure. It goes to the heart of employer, employee relationships, morals, and common sense.
David November 22, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Last night I attended the Bothell City Council meeting to join others in voicing our concerns over Mayor Mark Lamb's ongoing illicit sexual acts with an employee of his law office over the past 2 years. Coincidentally, there was also a person who would be giving comments on funding for domestic violence victims who was herself a victim of domestic violence. This individual approached the mayor before the meeting and requested that the video and audio of her not be broadcast to protect her identity. In response, when the meeting began, the mayor requested to have the live video/audio feed to the public access channel turned off for the entire comments portion of the meeting; not just during the presentation of that one speaker, but the entire comments portion. This means citizens did not get to hear comments for a number of topics presented, including comments on the funding of resource officers for the school district as well as, conveniently, any comments that would be made regarding the recent disclusure of the mayor's extramarital affair. Patrick Ewing alone challenged Mark's recommendation for the entire comments portion to be off the air, suggesting that the cameras be turned off only for the one speaker making the request. Lamb didn't agree and all other council members were dead silent, so that was the way it went.
David November 22, 2012 at 07:31 AM
The domestic violence victim spoke first, so when I came up to speak I requested that the live feed be turned back on. The mayor's response was that there may be more victims yet to speak, so they would not turn it back on, but assured me that the audio was being recorded and available later. What's wrong with this picture? There were no more victims of domestic violence on the speakers list. The mayor knew there was only one victim to speak. He even stated so at the beginning of the meeting before the cameras were shut off.. (You can view the part of the meeting that was recorded at http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/CityCouncil/MeetingInformation/VideoArchives.ashx?p=1714 ) Supposedly the transcripts can be requested from the clerk, but the audio is not available.
David November 22, 2012 at 07:32 AM
This manipulation of the meeting to serve the mayor's agenda is an affront to us all, but is nothing less than I would expect given his prior actions. What did surprise me was how the rest of the council members were so silent throughout the public comments portion of the meeting. Pehaps they are taking a wait-and-see attitude on this matter as opposed to taking an active, leadership role. A note to the council members: As you think about what actions you should take, be sensitive that your silence gives the appearance of tolerance of this matter. I hope that is not the case. While Mayor Mark Lamb has proven his actions are not governed by his conscience,, I hope the rest of you will use your conscience as your guide in determining your actions. Please don't wait for the public outcry. It is vital that our leaders be independent thinkers. Please do not just follow the lead of the mayor. To Councilman Patrick Ewing, thank you for making an effort to protect our rights for due process. I will be unable to attend the next 2 meetings, but I urge the public to attend the meeting and speak your mind in the public comments portion of the meeting, whether you agree or disagree with my position on the topic. The meetings are held at the Bothell Municipal Court (10116 NE 183rd St.) The next meeting is Dec 4 at 6:00 PM. Details can be found at http://www.ci.bothell.wa.us/CityServices/CityCouncil/MeetingInformation.ashx?p=1316
Lisa Baumann (Editor) November 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thanks to David for this information. Also, anyone who would like to blog about this is welcome to do so - http://woodinville.patch.com/blog/apply
TJ Johnson February 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
So says the wife of Tom Turner, Mayor Lamb's pro-annexation toadie.


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