Communication with DC Commissioners Re HADCO Commission Appointments

Information about two applicants to the HADCO Commission puts into great doubt about whether either one of them has what we should require of someone who is going to be in this position of public trust.  CEA is sending a few emails to the Douglas County Commissioners who are responsible for appointing the HADCO Commissioners information regarding this.  Each of our emails and any response from the DC Commissioners will be posted on the citizen news blog.

Here is the first email to the DC Commissioners: (sent 1/25/10)

Dear Douglas County Commissioners,

Although it is not clear to us about all the criterion that you will be using to decide who will fill the two vacant seats on the Housing Authority of Douglas County Board of Commissioners, CEA assumes that one is the person has to be able follow the law.    

With applicants to fill volunteer Board seats like the HADCO Commissioners, information may not always be available to one beforehand except the applicants or his friends and colleagues glowing impressions.  So one is left with accepting the person (or in this case) the people at face value.   However, it is not always these relationships that tell us what we might want to know about someone who is offering to take on such a responsibility on behalf of all of us. 

With two of the current applicants we do have some information that may be more objective in determining their ability and/or willingness to follow the law.  I will be sending the information to you in two separate emails.  One will be about Jim Smalley the other Shannon Gammie.

CEA believes that this information is relevant to whether either of the candidates is suited to be in a position of public trust, which clearly HADCO Commissioner is.  CEA sees this no differently than if this information were available about any of you while you are running for public office.   Although these folks are not running for elected office, CEA sees them as running for this very important appointed public office.   Unfortunately, the voter does not get to directly have their say about who will be representing us on the HADCO Commission: that responsibility has been delegated to each one of you.

This is why the decision you make is extremely important.  It may be more critical than ever before.  Having people able to follow the law is paramount.  Given HADCO’s history, this may be the most important criteria there is. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Betsy Cunningham

Citizens Education & Advocacy

1464 E. Central Ave.

Sutherlin, OR 97479

Telephone: (541) 459-4077


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