Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioner Roy Davis said Port Commissioner Roger Thompson left a threatening and intimidating voicemail on Harbormaster Travis Webster’s cellphone sometime during the first week of April.
Davis characterized the 8 p.m. call as “appalling,” and said, “The pronounced slurring of the words made me immediately suspect alcohol was involved.”
Thompson was arrested in California April 13 for DUII and has one prior conviction for DUII from June 2010.
Board President Angi Christian said interim Port Manager Kathy Lindley Hall informed her of the call by email but they had not discussed it. Christian added she had listened to the call but would not make a statement unless the issue came up in front of the board.
“I cannot get involved in the day-to-day business of the port,” she said.
Webster declined to comment.
The email Hall sent to Christian April 4 (provided to the Pilot by the port) said, “I am upset by both Roger’s timing of the call (after 8 p.m.) and the content. This must stop now.
I do not want to take extreme measures but have no doubt that if it happens again I will ask Travis to take out a restraining order.”
Thompson admitted to making the call, said he should not have made it and apologized to Webster.
Thompson, one of four port commissioners subject to a recall effort, resigned his Brookings City Council seat Monday due to his recent arrest for driving under the influence.
He has not said if he will resign his seat on the port commission.
The other three commissioners under threat of recall are Jan Barbas, Angi Christian and Andy Martin.
The recall began in response to the board’s firing of then Port Manager Gary Dehlinger.
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