Commissioners' actions call for recall, declares local doctor
Courts, not citizens, to decide what's best

KONP News - July 25, 2001

(Port Angeles) -- The repeal of the county's Critical Areas Code will head to the courts County commissioners yesterday voted to have a judge rule on the validity of the petition brought forward asking for the repeal of the ordinance. 

Commissioners Steve Tharinger and Mike Doherty voted in favor of the move. Tharinger says the county needs to have the issue cleared up before holding a public hearing and perhaps ultimately putting the measure on the ballot. 

But Commissioner Mike Chapman says commissioners are violating the county charter. The charter requires a public hearing on referendums and initiatives after the auditor certifies the petitions. 

The auditor delivered the certification on this referendum yesterday. After today vote, local doctor John Bennett said he would file papers with the state Attorney General's office that county commissioners violated the county charter. He also says he will start a recall effort against commissioners Doherty and Tharinger.

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