The characterization of "highly public internal feud" overstates the recent differences of opinion among commission members. This tone serves neither the parties involved nor the public good.
The commissioners and the new, permanent executive director should immediately review the leasing structure and procedures at the Port. Is the lack of uniformity a function of carelessness and staff ineffectiveness or more a result of favoritism and “good old boy” relationships? My guess is that there is some of both at play here.
The question is framed as an either-or question and presumes there are only two choices: standardized leases or leases with flexible terms. I believe the answer is a judicious mixture of the two, creating a standard framework within which unique situations are addressed. Industry-standard forms allow flexibility of choices with amendments for unusual circumstances not addressed in the standard series of contracts.
In terms of governance I do not believe it makes much difference between three or five commissioners. However in terms of representation, I favor five commissioners. Since the district representation is based upon population the current “West End" commissioner represents the more rural areas of the western-most part of Clallam County and a sizable portion of Port Angeles.
Yes. The current situation of the Port losing public trust and credibility is a serious problem the Port must address directly. In my opinion six year terms are too long for local elected officials. I believe shorter terms will foster improved accountability and responsiveness to the public interests required for local governance.