Somers works consensus-style

Performance, not tenure, should be the measure of a public official.

As a citizen and active Democrat (who voted for John Lovick in 2014) I have found that the local party leadership, as evidenced by the July 23 letter by Christine and Todd Nichols, places too much weight on tenure and too little weight on performance. (“Lovick the leader is in right job.”)

Any county executive following Aaron Reardon (the “I’ll do it my way guy”) and Bob Drewel (the “consensus guy”) should follow the Drewel style of good governance.

John Lovick has, instead, chosen the “my way or the highway” path of leadership. In November 2014 he failed to fire his assistant Mark Ericks, in spite of Ericks’ rude and offensive statements about a member of the Snohomish County Council.

This past April, John Lovick gave large raises to his staff without council review or approval.

Also in April, he called Somers’ remarks at a meeting with the leaders of the Tulalip Tribes “racist,” apparently without first consulting with the Tribal leaders who saw nothing but appropriate humor in the remarks.

Most importantly, the John Lovick penchant for “going it alone” has cost taxpayers between $8 million and $20 million. The Herald reported on Feb. 1 that Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson thought he had an agreement with the Lovick administration regarding parking for the proposed new courthouse. But after $8.6 million had been spent buying real estate for the courthouse project “Stephanson’s administration and county council members now say County Executive John Lovick’s staff kept them out of the loop for months.”

It is time for we voters to retire John Lovick.

Dave Somers has lots of experience and a record of excellent, open, consensus style of leadership.

Bruce Keithly


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee
Editorial cartoons for Friday, Dec. 3

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)
Editorial: State House covid rules won’t exclude GOP lawmakers

A requirement for vaccination only means those unvaccinated will have to attend sessions remotely.

Schwab: GOP dying to get elected; and taking voters with them

Threatening to shut down the government to end covid mandates, the death-cult-style antics continue.

Arlington’s land acknowledgement of Stillaguamish welcomed

I was so pleased to read the recent article about Arlington’s decision… Continue reading

Remove of four Snake River dams best for salmon, orcas, us

I was dismayed to read Todd Myers’ misleading guest commentary (“Costly dam… Continue reading

Removing dams too drastic a measure to save salmon, orcas

For the record, I do love seeing orcas and other whales in… Continue reading

Comment: Court majority seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade

The chief justice may be unable to persuade one conservative to limit but not end the precedent.

Comment: For most of us, price of gas is not a crisis

Adjusted for inflation and real wages, we’ve paid more in recent decades, except for lower income families.

Comment: ‘Family first’ isn’t excuse Cuomo, journalists can use

This was about a CNN star using his position to blunt credible accusations of sexual assault.

Most Read