Andy Martin and Roger Thompson are gone. It’s time the other two Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners under recall — Angi Christian and Jan Barbas — do taxpayers a favor and resign as well.

All four faced a recall initiative spurred largely by their own bungling and misuse of office.

Faced with the possibility of hefty fines, Thompson admitted to state ethics investigators that he used his public office to cut a discounted rental rate in the harbor for his then-girlfriend, Christian.

Martin got caught using his influence as a port commissioner to grab a boat slip that would have been more advantageous for his charter boat business.

Then there is the three-ring circus known as the Gary Dehlinger affair.

Spearheaded by Barbas and Christian over petty political feuding, the aforementioned four-member majority voted to fire Dehlinger as port manager without offering him a public hearing he was entitled to by law. Had they tucked their egos away and consulted their attorney before acting so hastily, they could have saved themselves a lot of embarrassment and taxpayers a lot of money.

Dehlinger — rehired, then fired again — has since filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages that in all likelihood the port commission will be forced to settle at a hefty price.

For four months now, the almost every Tuesday night gathering of port commissioners has been one of the best seats in town. Not necessarily in a good way. One revelation of incompetence or abuse of office after another. Commissioners interfering with daily operations at the port. Commissioners making threatening calls to port employees at night.

This community deserves better. The Port of Brookings Harbor is too valuable an asset to remain under the direction of such ineptitude.

It is estimated a recall election will cost taxpayers at least $20,000. Barbas and Christian can save taxpayers that expense and hold on to some dignity by resigning.

They have until Tuesday to make up their minds.


Editorials are the opinion of the Curry Coastal Pilot editorial board, consisting of Publisher Kim Fowler, Editor Robin Fornoff and Senior Reporter Jane Stebbins.