Tharinger gets another year as board chairman

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES, WA-- Saying his colleague is ``doing a good job'' as chairman, Republican Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman nominated Dungeness Democrat Steve Tharinger to a second year as board chairman.

Chapman and Democrat Mike Doherty, both of Port Angeles, joined to name Tharinger at Tuesday's county commissioners' action meeting.

Chapman made the move during a year in which he has said he will seek a second four-year term as the board's lone GOP commissioner.

``There is not hard set policy'' that encourages a chairman rotation, said Chapman, adding that he didn't consider that it was an election year when he nominated Tharinger.

Prior to Tharinger's year as chairman, second-term Commissioner Doherty acted as the board's lead public voice at meetings.

Chapman, who has no announced opposition so far in his re-election bid for county commissioner, remains as the board's vice chairman.

Tharinger defeated Sequim-area Republican businesswoman Sue Forde for the commissioner's position that pays $56,388 a year.

The longtime Dungeness businessman quietly re-assumed the gavel, conducting Tuesday's meeting.

A smiling Tharinger acknowledged that he liked the chairman's role.


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