Ex-Clark County staff suggests a recall vote

VancouverMay 15, 2013 

The Olympian says Clark County is “Looking more like a banana republic than a progressive metropolitan county.” I agree with the sentiment. But Clark County is a banana republic because we elect banana Republicans.

The appointment of Sen. Don Benton as the county’s chief environmental manager is wrong on so many levels that it should be laughable. Unfortunately, as a constituent of Benton’s, I just find it depressing.

Why not find him some nice political hack job like being the county lobbyist? At least that would pass the falling-down-laughing test.

Benton cares about the environment? No sane person believes that. Look at his legislative record. Benton will gut the county’s environmental program. This appointment signals an exodus of county environmental staff. Of course, that is probably one of the reasons he got appointed.

For the record, I am an independent. I spent 30 years as a career government manager working at the city, county, regional and state level. I served in the administrations of three governors. This includes the last Republican governor in Oregon.

I resigned from my job as a Clark County department director to pursue a doctorate at WSU-Vancouver in public sector organizational development. I left because of escalating political cronyism, development industry influence-peddling and just plain incompetent elected officials.

So what now? Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore just got in office. But why wait the four years? The citizens of Washington are granted the authority to a recall election by Sections 33 and 34 of Article I of the Washington Constitution.

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