The recent veto by Snohomish County Executive John Lovick of the County Council action on the transfer of the tech department back from the county auditor is stunning. In my opinion, County Auditor Carolyn Weikel is far more qualified to handle this department than is the executive.
As Sheriff, John Lovick did not run the department in a fiscally sound manner. He continually had to get the council to approve additional funds. We also have the many lawsuits related to the jail operations when he was sheriff. If his leadership as sheriff is any indication of what we can expect from our county executive then we are, as a sea captain would say, “in dire straits.”
We have been blessed with exceptional leadership from Carolyn Weikel in the auditor’s office. She took over the tech department at the request of the County Council. Here again she excelled at getting that department back “on track.” Even Rome couldn’t be built in a day and because of the actions of the former county executive, the department was in terrible shape. Ms. Weikel had not finished getting it “squared away” but had it going in the right direction, with a great plan to finish that task.
As mentioned by council members, the executive had “no plan” but just wanted to be in charge of the tech department again. How sad for the citizens of Snohomish County.