Planning director candidates face off

Peninsula Daily News



SEQUIM -- Three candidates vying to be the first elected Clallam County Director of Community Development faced off Friday morning before about 70 members and guests of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club.

It was the first voter forum of the current election and came hours before the filing period ended.

Voters last fall approved a change in the county's charter, shifting the department head's $77,400-per-year position -- previously appointed by county commissioners -- to an elected one paying $55,000 annually.

The change makes the job the only such elected position in the state, according to the state association of counties.

It may also be the only elected lead planner position in the nation.

Bob Martin, who has held the position for almost eight years, joined declared rivals Rob Robertsen and John Miller at a candidate's forum during the club's regular meeting at the John Wayne Marina.


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