Corrupt or dishonest? On 23 April, the Board of County Commissioners issued a public letter to Commissioner Thomas stating she: “...continued to misrepresent the truth and leverage your name, title …
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Corrupt or dishonest?
On 23 April, the Board of County Commissioners issued a public letter to Commissioner Thomas stating she: “...continued to misrepresent the truth and leverage your name, title and apparent authority as Chair of the Board of County Commissioners for personal gain politically AND FOR THOSE THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR CAMPAIGN.” (Capitalization added).
Was this letter vetted by the county attorney? It essentially accuses Thomas of criminal conduct in using her office to benefit supporters. Yet the other commissioners failed to provide any specifics. Instead, after closed door negotiations, the commissioners agreed to sweep the issue under the rug and share the BoCC Chair over the next 30 days until a permanent accommodation could be reached.
How does this benefit anyone but the commissioners? It is not fair to Douglas County citizens or to Commissioner Thomas to leave such incendiary allegations unresolved. If they are true, Ms. Thomas should be censured or forced to resign. If they are not, then the other two commissioners should resign for making such inflammatory false allegations without factual support. Either one commissioner is corrupt (Thomas). Or the other two are dishonest (Laydon, Teal). So which is it? Corrupt or dishonest? Neither is good. But one has to be true.
Perhaps this is an opportunity for the county to consider expanding the commissioners to five members who represent individual districts in the county, rather than three elected at-large, which might focus the commission on serving the interests of their constituents rather than indulging their own.
Robert C. Marshall
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