After referring to me as “an ardent champion of the right of taxpayers to participate in the budget process” (June 15, 2015 legal opinion), Prosecutor Nichols nonetheless agrees to sue me (while commissioner Peach threatens me with criminal charges) to force me to disburse funds from the county treasury based on a false certificate signed and peddled by County Administrator Jim Jones that eradicates $1.3 million in taxpayer rights and reserve funds.
- June 15, 2015 Legal Opinion (see page 14).
- Peninsula Daily News article re “County Treasurer Barkhuis demands explanation from Clallam Commissioner Peach.”
- Peninsula Daily News article re “Clallam budget ‘loophole’ allowing transfer of millions without a vote debated by commissioners.”
In January 2016, the Port O Call names me “Person of the Year” for my efforts to make county government accountable for how it handles county funds and my continuing whistle blowing.
Less than three months later, a Sheriff’s deputy personally serves me in the Treasurer’s Office with a 102 page lawsuit filed by Prosecutor Nichols seeking to hold me personally liable for any “penalties, sanctions, and attorney’s fees that may be due for those records she personally provided to the requester [Paul Gottlieb of the Peninsula Daily News].” Yes, you read that correctly: I was being sued for whistle blowing.
- Clallam County v. Barkhuis, part 1 (see page 10).
- Clallam County v. Barkhuis, part 2.
- Nissen Affidavit re Clallam County v. Barkhuis.
- April 5, 2016 debate between Barkhuis and Nichols re dismissal with prejudice upon dismissal without prejudice at Board of County Commissioners meeting.
- See also Barkhuis arguments at the April 19, 2016 Board of County Commissioners public hearing (starting at 0:37:00) and June 9, 2016 Finance Committee meeting addressing the county’s proposal to adopt (ultra vires) criminal provision in the county’s Veterans’ Assistance Policy.
Then it turns out that at the same time Mark Nichols was suing me for releasing public records, Mark Nichols and his deputies were stealthily negotiating a settlement of Mr. Lange’s public records case against them for repeatedly and wrongfully withholding from Mr. Lange large amounts of public records that were relevant to Mr. Lange’s nuisance case against his neighbor, costing the taxpayers $500,000 in reserve funds plus attorney’s fees.
- Nissen Affidavit re Lange et al v. Clallam County et al.
- PortOCall article re “Scott Lange implores County Commissioners: Investigate Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.”
- Declaration by Scott Lange dated October 30, 2013 filed in the Lange v. Cebelak case.
More to come…
In the meantime, here are your choices for prosecuting attorney:
- Mark Nichols: Ardent champion of administrative loopholes, retaliatory lawsuits, and self-interested settlements, all at the expense of your rights and reserve funds;
- Selinda Barkhuis: Ardent champion of your taxpayer rights and reserve funds, according to Mark Nichols himself…
Choose carefully. Your rights and reserve funds depend on it!
- Barkhuis leaves Treasurer position
- My Public Records
- Ten lessons I learned as County Treasurer
- Treasurer’s 2017 Tax & Timber Report
- Peninsula Area Public Television (PAPA)