Update: SCC investigation of the Thurston Conservation District board – revised process and status

Updated: April 30, 2018

Please note – Due to the number of interviews conducted and challenges with scheduling interviews, the anticipated completion date for the SCC investigation of the Thurston Conservation District board has been extended to May 31, 2018.

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) has received several concerns and complaints regarding the conduct of members of the Thurston Conservation District (TCD) board of supervisors. At their November 2017 regular meeting, the SCC board of Commissioners passed a motion empowering the SCC executive director to issue a notice of a hearing to each supervisor of the Thurston Conservation District regarding removal of supervisors under RCW 89.08.200.

On February 27, 2018 the SCC shared a memo outlining the status of the implementation of this motion and the status of SCC staff review of other concerns regarding the Thurston CD board. The memo also stated that the agency anticipated completing this work by April 30, 2018.

Revision

Due to the number of interviews conducted and challenges with scheduling interviews, the anticipated completion date for this investigation has been extended to May 31, 2018.

Status of current action

SCC staff continue to investigate claims of misconduct raised against individual members of the TCD board of supervisors. Any individuals wishing to submit concerns about supervisor activity should provide information to SCC staff, including your name and contact information.

As part of this review, SCC staff may conduct interviews with various individuals and TCD board members. Following this investigation, the results will be presented to the SCC executive director. The SCC executive director will then make a recommendation to the full SCC board of commissioners as to whether a hearing should be held for considering the removal of district board supervisors.

Timeline

Results of the investigation are anticipated to conclude no later than May 31, 2018. If SCC staff find cause to recommend removal of any supervisor, notice and due process will be provided under RCW 89.08.200. If a hearing is held by the SCC board of commissioners, it may be conducted as a special meeting with proper public notice.

Contact / Questions

Please direct questions and comments about this investigation to Ron Shultz, SCC Policy Director (360-407-7507).

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