Roger Thompson resigned his Brookings City Council seat Monday after he was arrested for driving under the influence April 13 in California.
According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Brandy Gonzalez, Thompson was contacted at 2:40 Friday afternoon on U.S. 199 and Valley View Drive near Gasquet while en route to Grants Pass. Monday, Thompson said two breath tests indicated he had a blood alcohol level of .061 and .09. The legal limit for intoxication in California is 0.08. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 15.
Thompson met with Brookings Mayor Jake Pieper Tuesday night after an executive session at which unrelated matters were discussed.
“I told him it would be in the best interest of the city to resign, and he said he would,” Pieper said. “It is really sad. I felt horrible about it.”
The city has 60 days from when the seat is declared vacant to appoint another councilor to fill out the remainder of his term, which expires Jan. 4. Thompson was appointed to the council in February 2017.
“Roger Thompson is a long-time local who has contributed greatly to the Brookings community,” Pieper said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “In his service on the city council he brought a unique and important perspective given his experience in both our resource and tourism industries.
“I particularly appreciated his counsel with respect to the historical context of matters coming before the city council,” Pieper said. “And Roger was always very up-front on where he stood on the issues. He’s made the right decision in resigning from the council to focus on resolving issues in his personal life. I believe all of the councilors join me in wishing him success in this effort.”
Thompson had no comment Tuesday.
And the port
Thompson also holds a seat on the Port of Brookings Harbor board, from which Port Commissioner Roy Davis said earlier this week he planned to ask him and three other commissioners to resign at a meeting Tuesday night.
Thompson’s resignation from the port would leave three names — port President Angi Christian and commissioners Jan Barbas and Andy Martin — on a list of commissioners a group of citizens is trying to recall.
The recall was prompted when those four allegedly violated state law by firing Port Manager Gary Dehlinger in January without giving him the option of holding a public hearing in which to do so.
Davis cast the only vote in opposition to the firing. Dehlinger is now suing the port.
The board reinstated Dehlinger and immediately put him on paid leave. They then re-fired him in a public hearing. Kathy Lindley Hall, a former port commissioner, has taken over as interim port manager until the board appoints someone permanently.
The effort to collect enough signatures to hold a recall sagged after the initial weeks of Dehlinger’s firing. The group, which needs 846 valid signatures from registered voters in the port district for each commissioner, submitted more than 1,000 each to the county clerk and recorder Monday.
The clerk has 10 days to verify the signatures before a recall can be scheduled for a vote.
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