Area resident Rob Anderson expresses his displeasure for the Clark County Council’s decision to create a new Jail Services Department
Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com
“We’re not going to rush this.” “This is just the beginning.” “This will increase transparency.” “Having Jail Services will increase accountability.” Now that the other shoe has dropped just six days later with the full appointment of the Jail Services staff, we know that all these statements to the public were false and misleading.
Last week, with minimal notice, no timeline, budget, and details of plans in the works, or without a completed staff report, the Clark County Council stripped away the Jail Services from an elected official to an unelected bureaucrat. This move was a massive shift of power from the people to the bureaucracy,
How do they do it? How do the Democrat bureaucrats mostly control “Republican” elected officials into foolishly doing their bidding as seen this week with the Jail Services takeover?
It’s easy when they control the advice and guidance councilors get behind closed doors in executive sessions. By law, the prosecuting attorney (PA) provides all legal support to the county councilors and all departments and elected officials.
We’ve seen this time and time again here in Clark County. When councilors were ready to take action on a vaccination clinic at Ridgefield High School that was vaccinating children without parental consent (under the abuse of Mature Minor Doctrine) and improperly using the Associated Student Body (ASB) and teachers to pressure children to get vaccinated, the attorney literally stepped in by interrupting the discussions and shut down the councilors’ efforts by erroneously telling them they don’t have the legal authority to make supervisory decisions even though the RCW’s are crystal clear. The Board of Health, everyone who sits on the Clark County Council, is to supervise the Health Officer (RCW 70.05.060 and RCW 70.05.070). Again, when councilors wanted to act to stop Dr. Melnick from singling out wrestlers by shutting down their sport during winter break, they suddenly went into an executive session and came out not willing to act on behalf of the people. But the granddaddy of examples is what happened to the mini-initiative. The PA’s office practically wrote the script for Temple Lentz with a privileged one-sided OPINION against the people’s petition, which didn’t even address the possibility of discriminating outcomes. The only reason the curtain was pulled back so we could see how they work is because of the voluminous public pressure that caused the councilors to make the “opinion” public. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the attorneys do their bidding in secret and lead the councilors by the nose, giving them the feeling that “they know better” than the public. They lead them to believe that they must follow their advice without question because they have all the information while the rest of us watch from afar.
Now, going back to last week’s decision, I have no doubt that these same tactics were implemented to sway the councilors to do the Democrats’ bidding, through the hospice of the county manager. Even though she has practically ignored the jail situation and only toured it for the first time a few weeks ago, she met the council, most likely with the county attorney in hand, and told a sad teary-eyed story of looming lawsuits because of disgruntled employees, an outdated jail facility, inmates who are willing and ready to sue the county. After that meeting, each councilor felt that they needed to act to ”save” the county from lawsuits and doom and gloom. Just like that, we now have a new bureaucracy coming online, totally under the control of unelected bureaucrats that will no doubt help reshape correctional officers’ culture and eventually influence the entire Sheriff’s Department to follow their lead rather than an elected official which We The People can influence. Yes, We The People will have less access and transparency thanks to the Home Rule Charter, which prohibits county councilors from supervising the newly formed department. Heck, the councilors don’t even have the legal authority to supervise the county manager let alone any other department in the county. All they can do is hire and fire the county manager, which is not equivalent to supervisor authority. The whole argument that the Jail Services Department will have more accountability to elected officials is an absolute farce. It’s not like government officials would ever mislead the public or anything.
See how this works? Apparently, none of the current councilors understands or are willing to do anything about it out of fear of reprisals and smear hit-jobs from Democrat-supported media, would rather continue to hand over power to the bureaucratic state in Clark County, and keep the people in the dark or at arms’ distance.
We need to elect councilors who are wise to these games and won’t keep conceding valuable territory to entrenched bureaucrats, and eventually set our sights on electing a prosecuting attorney who will look out for the People’s rights more than just the bureaucrat’s empire as is being done currently.
We also need major reforms of the Home Rule Charter that bring back power to the people. The current resolutions that you’ll see on the ballot will only continue the bureaucratic takeover and strip more away from citizens. We must elect councilors who see through the corruption, are willing to act to restore We The People’s rights and access to supervise our county government agencies (Vote for Don Benton & Michelle Belkot for County Council), reject all six upcoming Home Rule Charter amendment resolutions (www.RejectAllSix.com for more info), and support changes to the Home Rule Charter that actually protect citizens rights ,and reverses the bureaucratic takeover of our county.
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So, what’s the purpose of posting this internal video? To me, it backs up that Councilors we’re not being forthright, rushed this and the Sheriff is now trying to pick up the pieces as best he can. I hope you’re not thinking this somehow let’s you off the hook, that the ends might justify the means kinda logic.
What you and the other Councilors did on Tuesday was deceitful and not only to us but apparently to the Sheriff as well (hence his anger, frustration and shock).
I hope you’ll take a step back and admit you made a terrible mistake and look to correct it. If not, you’ll get buried by this, which again, will be your own doing.
Did you know about all the details, which clearly weren’t shielded because of executive privileges, and why did you falsely lead the public down the path that they, the public, would have more transparency, accountability when all along things were much further along then presented?
For years, if not decades, the county commissioners / counselors have ignored the jail. They have not updated it, expanded it, or even replaced it. Now they have the chance like so many other liberal counties and cities to take it over and turn it into one of those social equality programs. Like so many other places, they probably will stop putting people in jail and prosecuting them. Instead, they will talk the liberal prosecutor into not charging people. They will have a no bail policy, and they will start letting people out of jail instead of fixing the jail. Clark county is about to turn into another crap hole like King County, and Multnomah County, and Pierce County, and all the other liberal run counties. Civilians have no business intervening in a law enforcement function.
Oregon isn’t arresting the people they should cause they don’t have enough public defenders to cary out justice under their state constitution and it is all in the hands of only one person, the Chief Justice. You should probably look into their situation with that and Bundy standoff types and Green Anarchists (they are primitivists) a little more deeply.
Also no bail stuff feels advanced… but it works fine. These people weren’t charged with a crime so… Vancouver has a lot of issues… we do need to expand our jail but I think we need to politically convince everyone that we aren’t just gonna arrest people for no reasons… people lost a lot of trust.
While I agree the jail thing seems rushed with insufficient public input, I had to laugh when the writer of the letter blamed it on Democrat. Our county council is dominated by very conservative Republicans.
I don’t know if the jail decision was the best decision or not. But don’t blame or praise Democrats for it.
Maybe you didn’t read it but I explained the Democrat connection and solve the mystery of how and why the “Republicans” go along and seem to be paralyzed.
I’m afraid the arguments you use – afraid of the democratic controlled media? The county manager somehow brought democratic pressure to bear? (I’m not sure you meant to use the word “hospice”) – did not make sense to me.
auspice… it was a autocorrect thing. I’m sure that’s never happened to you.
It feels weird to blame this on democrats. Also I laughed when he felt high schoolers cannot make their own medical choices. I had politics that were different from my dad and my dad wasn’t scared to just let me develop into an individual. I even convinced him on a couple things. And he told me to beware of the green anarchists in turn and I gotta thank him cause I could have fallen.
They were bussing in students from all over the county and you might be okay with 17, 16 and 15 year olds and younger making medical decisions via pure pressure from other students and teachers but most parents don’t agree and want to exercise their legal right of consent.
Starting at 1:19 Jail update from the County Manager followed by comments and questions: Sept. 28, 2022 Clark County Council Time – YouTube
Can you be more specific about your thoughts? You mentioned wanting to have more clearer communications even if erroring on the side of overcommunicating yet you’re being kinda cryptic. Seems duplicitous.
So, are you saying it’s justified what happened two weeks ago to mislead and withhold important information from the public because of the mental health and drug issues at the Jail? It was your question that Kathleen Otto answered saying, “We’re not going to rush this.” When did she start conversations with the future Jail Services team? How can you say that skipping the normal process of hiring isn’t “rushing” this which was clearly her plan and the wheels were in motion. Produce evidence to support both how it’s been in the works, beyond casual conversation and evidence that her and other Councilor statements were true about this.
Maybe this was rushed now because the county manager sees this particular council as weak. It’s a lame duck council. Three are out in 2022 and the other two will be out in 2024. Having the meeting with public comments makes it look like a charade. Clearly the decision was already made. It’s not a good look.
Nothing to argue with in this letter. Amazing how the “democrats” have managed to corrupt and pollute everything they infest.
but the council isn’t Democratic. It’s majority Republican. Amazing that you can blame Democrats for this.
Park me next to Rob! I am no expert but when the news was without any subsequent warning announced, I was immediately alarmed! My intuit jumped right into overdrive, the likes of, ‘Something is ‘Rotten, in the State of Denmark’! I will be closely following this. While the man in the Vimeo was trying to hold a front, it was obvious he was verily taken aback by what he had learned. He knows exactly whats going on here, but trying to put the cat back into a smaller bag then it was previously held captive, is going to take a MAJOR STRATEGY and for all the reasons Rob mentions, coordination, but bottom line it totally smells of The Globalists taking MORE power, away from The People.
Quite honestly, I cannot see this happening, and we cannot let it. I have a lot of questions but only so much room here.
I read the Sample Ballot, and posted a week ago, to pass the word “VOTE NO” straight across, on ALL those dolled up money-drain Ammendments! Take heed citizens.
For heavens sake, people are suffering and we do NOT NEED BIGGER Government! People KNOW what they want, and THIS IS NOT IT!
Hugely, my biggest concern. Many dont know this, but did you know Sheriffs have declarations of responsibiity all across America, that is first and foremost to ‘Protect the people from tyranny, should the government try to usurp the power of the people?
They are bound FIRST, to uphold Our CONSTITUTION; not to be diminished in their duties in any way. AND if I understand properly, they can deputize citizens to help them! Our Deputy Sheriffs are OUR LAST BASTION!
WE DO NOT need any more behind closed doors appointees! Oregons Kate Brown was one of those! How did that work out for anyone?