I have been a government employee most of my life since I was 17 years old; United States Army, city, county and state official for over 30 years in Clatsop County.

I’m not sure what’s going on in the county government but I can say this, the county manager is in charge of managing county affairs, such as county employees and all functions of the county and is answerable to the elected official, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. Just to make a statement, “I’m not attending a commission meeting because of some hostilities” is grounds for termination.

From where I stand the only persons in a hostile environment is Lianne Thompson and her counterpart. Meeting closed!

What kind of government are you running when a rebuttal is not permitted? Don’t we voters have a right to hear both sides?

Jim Brien


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