The 2nd best time to plant a tree…

zqiB5ALc5I think pretty much all the law and justice candidates for Clallam County elected office agree on the main issues facing Clallam County:  Opioids, homelessness, and mental health.

Apparently Mark Nichols has quite a nice little powerpoint with statistics to that effect.

But besides collecting those statistics, what has Mark Nichols done about these issues during his first term as prosecuting attorney?

Obviously these issues are not within the prosecutor’s sole control to resolve.  It will take all of us spending serious time working together leveraging our limited resources to impact change.

But having spent almost four years on the job now, it’s a fair question to consider how Mark Nichols has spent his taxpayer funded time and resources so far, beyond…

  • Pursuing his office manager for hours a day for months at a time during the first two years of elected office incurring liability being defended at taxpayer expense.
  • Writing pile of crap legal opinions defending the county administrator’s pile of crap execution of county policy that cost you as taxpayers $millions in taxpayer reserve funds and rights.
  • Stealthily hiring private lawyers at significant public expense to masquerade as “risk pool lawyers” for the purpose of interfering with the duties of other county public officials to execute their duties consistent with law.
  • Breaking all sorts of conflict of interest rules in convincing the county commissioners to settle cases that serve his own self-interest costing you yet more (upward from $500K) in taxpayer reserve funds and rights.

The above dubious activities have not only taken up most of Nichols’ time during the last four years (so much so that he has yet to assume his own case load), they have cost you as county taxpayers $millions in reserve funds.

Four years of time and $millions in reserve funds that could have been and should have been spent addressing such issues as opioids, homelessness, and mental health.

There is a saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.

The second best time to plant a tree is today.

Let’s not waste another four years on Mark Nichols.

Please elect Selinda Barkhuis Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney!

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