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County commissioners closes look into DCD director

May 6th, 2014 - 5:56am

(Port Angeles) Two of three Clallam County commissioners say its time to close the investigation into the county's community development department director.

But commissioner Mike Doherty says he thinks the commissioners need to talk more about it.

The county has released a 500-plus page report on the investigation of elected DCD head Sheila Roark-Miller, stemming from a whistleblower complaint filed more than a year ago. It eventually grew into a bigger look at the department over the backdating of at least one permit and questionable ordering of building permit inspections.

But the state attorney general's office concluded, that although the incidents occurred, they were not criminal and no malice was intended. The heavily-redacted report also pointed that since Miller is an elected official, she is not bound by some rules that govern an appointed department head's decisions on running their department.

Doherty yesterday in a commissioners workesession said the report contained serious allegations and inferences to bad morale in DCD. He thinks commissioners should re-read the report and bring it back later for more discussion.

Commissioners Mike Chapman and Jim McEntire said they agreed with the AG's conclusions and there was no more role for commissioners in the process.

Miller is the nation's only elected community development director. She is serving her first term and has indicated she will run for another term this fall.

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