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Commissioners should hold the reins at the Port of Olympia

Dear WIP,

The Port of Olympia investigation of Port Commissioner Amy Evans’ possible conflicts of interest has to be done by an outside group. The Port’s staff and their attorney answer to Port Director Sam Gibboney who has shown herself to be biased in this issue. We recommend that new Chair Bob Iyall select an independent investigator.

We also have issues with new rules that Gibboney has proposed for public participation at Port meetings. There would be less opportunity for public comment at meetings and no response from Commissioners. Commissioners would have only two days’ notice instead of four to prepare for agenda items. We are also concerned that the “parliamentarian” hired by Gibboney is not independent and a new one should be hired directly by the Commissioners.

L. Riner

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