Don’t ever invite 2 Island County Commissioners to a private luncheon with you and your associates because if you do Commissioner Chair Helen Price Johnson will probably declare your gathering a County Commissioner “Special Session” without your permission
She will then provide a public notice of her decree to the newspapers, and extend an invitation to attend to all interested citizens by including time, date and location of your luncheon. This is not a fantasy; it really happened!
Commissioner Chair Price Johnson made a questionable and very controversial decision that, because two of “her” Commissioners might be attending a private luncheon it would be a quorum of the County commissioners and therefore she published to the public and local newspapers an official notice that the private group’s lunch meeting was now a County Commissioner “Special Session”
Her notice even encouraged interested members of the public and press to attend. It included the time, date and location of the luncheon
Fortunately, only two uninvited people showed up; one a newspaper reporter who was duped into attending by Price-Johnson’s “Special Session” pronouncement
Both were graciously accepted by our group and I am sure the newspaper reporter will witness to the fact for Price Johnson that no County business was discussed by us
You’d think with all the serious problems/citizen needs on our Commissioners agenda that Price-Johnson would focus her energies on those instead of sticking her nose into the lives of private citizens which resulted in creating unwanted problems
That is not included as a part of our County Commissioner‘s job description;
This was a big mistake on her part; the public took her bogus “Special Session” notice at face value, which is all the public can do and all it accomplished was a flurry of anger and frustration by the citizens involved.
Price-Johnson’s ill fated attempt to impose her will and take control a private group’s gathering demonstrates that our County officials are not well informed as to the laws of the State of Washington.
The entire episode was poorly handled and probably a violation of, or at least a lack of respect for the value of Washington State Laws by Commissioner Price Johnson
The Revised Code of Washington (RCWs) states::
“The legislature finds and declares that all public commissions, boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, departments, divisions, offices, and all other public agencies of this state and subdivisions thereof exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of this chapter that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.
The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”
This is not a new law. It was put into place in 1971. That was 42 long years ago.
Obviously Commissioner Price Johnson didn’t understand both the simplicity, and the depth, of this major law in her bogus public notice of a “ County Commissioner Special Session” meeting that wasn’t really a Special Session of anything requiring County involvement
Since winning a second term, Price-Johnson has taken on the demeanor of a BOSS anointed with the authority of fear, intimidation and abject ignorance of those who reelected her. She lifts her arrogant nose in the air and challenges the other elected officials to take her on
With the liberal bias of local newspapers and the slight majority of County voters that reelected her, she struts around like the only rooster in a giant hen house.
Her strength lies, not in the power of her office or the foundation of her executive power, but in the ignorance of those who follow her like dazed, brainwashed groupies.
But like the bank robber who keeps robbing banks and eventually gets caught, Price-Johnson is beginning to let her narcissism and arrogance get the best of her. She was overreaching well beyond State laws and her job description in the recent “Special Session” fiasco
Those that have historically propped Price-Johnson up will ultimately abandon her as more of her evil materializes. The more she overreaches, the more she will expose the devious political animal that she is.
It is quite possible she will not last a second term.