DCD candidates debate new job

Peninsula News Network

Sept. 7, 2003

Clallam County, WA - How to define a brand new job. That seems to be developing as the reoccurring question in the race for the post of director for the Clallam County Department of Community Development.

The candidates for the newly created, elected position faced-off Thursday afternoon in Sequim at a forum sponsored by the Clallam County League of Women Voters.

Currently appointed DCD Director Bob Martin, and challengers John Miller and Rob Robertson all debated the various points of the new job, which may be the first of its kind in the entire United States.

While Robertson and Miller hit on issues like customer service, management and leadership skills, Martin defended the way he’s run the department for the past 8 years, and said having the position become elective will DCD candidate Bob Martin allow the DCD director to play a greater role in setting policy.

Martin defended his capabilities as an engineer and planner, the others said a lot of those responsibilities could be met by relying on a talented staff.

Robertson said he would depend upon the “talented” DCD staff and that it was necessary for the director to be an engineer.

Miller, presently Executive Director the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, said he has Rob Robertson
general management and supervisory experience that would be helpful in the position.

All three candidates suggested there are different parts of DCD’s function that they would like to see reviewed and changed, from code enforcement to the way the county has implemented the DCD candidate John Miller Growth Management Act.

Voters will pare this race down to two candidates in the upcoming Primary election.


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