A recall effort against four Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners continued with added impetus after Commissioner Roger Thompson was charged with a DUII April 13 in California.
The four commissioners under threat of recall are Jan Barbas, Angi Christian, Andy Martin and Thompson.
Commissioner Roy Davis is the only commissioner not on the recall petitions.
The chair of the four committees created to recall the commissioners, Skylar Windham, said, “Thompson’s behavior speaks for itself.”
Thompson, who resigned his Brookings City Council seat Monday due to his recent arrest, has not said if he will resign his seat on the port commission.
The recall petitions were submitted to the county clerk Monday, according to Windham, and all four petitions had more than 1,000 signatures.
The recall began in response to the board’s firing of then Port Manager Gary Dehlinger and was spearheaded by Windham with another group created by Gary Klein and Joe Spiers, The Port of Brookings Harbor Business/Citizens Association, helping to gather signatures.
Dehlinger has sued the port and the four commissioners who voted to terminate him. Davis was not named in the law suit and said he supported the recall.
Windham said each petition required at least 856 signatures, but the signatures must now be verified.
Chief County Deputy Clerk Shelley Denney confirmed the petitions had been submitted and could take 10 days to certify.
Windham added he would speak at the port commissioners’ meeting April 17 to notify commissioners the signatures have been turned in and let them know if they do not resign, “the recall will cost the port more money.”
A recall election could cost the port about $20,000, according to estimates provided by Denney.
Davis said he too will ask the four commissioners to resign.
If they choose to remain on the board, and the petitions are certified, they will be given five days to resign or submit a statement of justification explaining why they should not be removed from office, according to Windham.
He added this statement of justification would appear on the recall ballot, and any commissioner recalled would be replaced by an appointee from the Curry County Board of Commissioners.
Windham credited the the success of the petitions to “a team effort by the people who care about the port because they came together to get this done.”
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