Apparently my leaving the Treasurer’s position due to “stress” is now being cited as my unsuitability for the position of Prosecuting Attorney.
According to “The Power of Now,” one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read, if you find yourself in an intolerable situation, you have three choices: Change it, accept it, or remove yourself.
As I explained to Paul Gottlieb of the Peninsula Daily News, I removed myself from the Treasurer position because I found myself in the unacceptable situation of having to personally (at my own personal expense) defend my duty to safekeep the county taxpayers’ rights and funds (subject to both criminal as well as per se personal liability if I don’t) against roadblocks repeatedly thrown in my way by the likes of County Administrator Jim Jones and Prosecutor Mark Nichols.
For four long years, I tried to change the situation. I repeatedly called on the Board of County Commissioners to address my concerns. I ran for the Charter Review Commission. I made a detailed report to the State Auditor’s Office. I reached out to the State Attorney General’s Office. All to no avail.
Unable to change the situation, I found myself in the position of either accepting it or removing myself. Unwilling to “collaborate” into complicity by accepting the situation, I decided to remove myself. Having removed myself, I am no longer in the unacceptable and unchangeable situation that was stressing me out.
But I still deeply care about Clallam County! I still want to see change!
And that change, based on the feedback I received from both the State Auditor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, can apparently only come from a change in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
Which is why I am running for the position of Prosecuting Attorney.
As Prosecuting Attorney, I will be in the position to work collaboratively, but firmly, with the Board of County Commissioners and their new County Administrator to ensure good faith compliance with statutory and constitutional rule of law designed to protect taxpayers rights and funds.
As Prosecuting Attorney, I will be in the position to recruit deputies to provide professional, conflict-free, and above-board advice and representation to your other county public servants and restore trust and fiscal responsibility to the Prosecutor’s Office.
In sum, as Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney, I will be able to impact the change that eluded me as County Treasurer.
Please help me impact change!
Please elect me Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney!