Evicted port commissioner says he will resign

EVERETT — Port Commissioner Michael Hoffmann said Friday he plans to submit a resignation letter over the weekend, following recent questions about where he’s living.

Port commissioners, including Hoffmann, on Tuesday passed a resolution asking for an investigation by Snohomish County civil prosecutors into whether he could legally stay in office.

“I don’t necessarily have an interest to continue,” Hoffmann said Friday.

His term as the District 3 commissioner was set to expire at the end of this year and he wasn’t seeking re-election. Hoffmann in July had informed port executive director John Mohr that he’d been evicted from his south Everett home because of a bank foreclosure. Hoffmann, however, declined to say where he was living or to obtain an updated voter registration showing his new address. He said he hoped to return to live in his former home.

State law says port commissioners must be registered voters in the districts they serve.

On Friday, Hoffmann said he’d like to see the port move ahead with appointing his successor.

“I intend to tender my resignation,” he said. “I will send it to John Mohr over the weekend.”

During about five and a half years in office, Hoffmann, 48, said he was most proud of working with the port on sustainability reporting.

Glen Bachman is running for the seat unopposed. The term runs for six years.

Hoffmann won the nonpartisan job in 2007, when he beat incumbent Don Hopkins with 61.2 percent of the vote. Hoffmann reported raising no money for the election. Hopkins, by contrast, raised about $6,724, but was absent from the voters’ pamphlet.

Asked after his victory about key factors in the race, Hoffmann said that he thought the voter’s pamphlet was important. Hopkins said he had submitted a position statement, but that it didn’t get in the publication.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465, nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

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