Current director declares candidacy for new office
July 8, 2003
by Dan Ross
For The Forks Forum
The head of the countyís department of community development wants
to keep his job.
Bob Martin, head of the department for the past seven years, is going
to run for election to the post in November. The job, once an appointed
position, is for the first time an elected one. County voters last
year opted to make Martinís job an elected one as part of the Home
Rule Charter changes.
This was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make, said Martin.
I had to decide whether I really wanted to be a politician.
Property rights advocates in the county repeatedly claimed Martin
wielded too much control, stating a belief they felt Martin controlled
county commissioner decisions in areas such as the county critical
Much of this belief led to the proposal voted in last year to turn
the community development directorís job into an elected one. Ironically,
by making the job an elected position, the person hired will no longer
answer to county commissioners.
I think that reflects a lack of understanding of how things run around
here, said Martin.
Although he disagrees the job should be an elected one, Martin said
he can see some benefits in not working as an employee of county commissioners.
Right now I am not free to raise issues and initiatives on my own,
said Martin. This could put some of my ideas into circulation.
Rob Robertson, county building official and fire marshal, and former
charter review commissioner John Miller are the other candidates who
have announced their desire to become community development director.
Martin said he believes all three candidates are going to be able
to focus on issues rather than personalities during the campaign.
These are good people who would act responsibly, said Martin of his
Martin spent seven years with Portland Metro, where he was director
of solid waste and recycling, before coming to Clallam County. He
also spent 12 years working in Alaska, serving time as chief of water
quality and deputy director of water quality for the state.
Martin is married to Deni Rauw, operator of Nodaway Farm. He has two