I have been following the County Commissioner race where incumbent Randy Netherlin, running on a platform of “restore the trust” and “experience matters”, slogans that have become absolutely nothing more than politically expedient catchphrases. In his most recent words, interviews, and actions he has lost my trust and he has shown a complete lack of experience we should expect with his first term coming to an end. I will explain below where he takes credit for the work of others without being honest about the people or events as they took place which can be documented. He has shown numerous times in his political statements and advertising a lack of trust/honesty with the people of this county.
I read in last week Journal that he has been responsible for many things in the Sheriff’s Office, If so why is there no support from any previous Sheriff’s, the current Sheriff and his management or the deputies guild. Here is one really big reason LACK OF TRUST. I have seen where he has taken credit for establishing the north patrol precinct in Belfair. I happen to have some personal and direct knowledge that he was not responsible for that building being established. The Sheriff, working with a great business family in North Mason and following in the footsteps of another very generous business family began searching for a new location in July of 2011 (well before Mr. Netherlin was elected to office).
After two months work a lease was signed with the Sheriff’s Office in September of 2011. The Sheriff and his staff had the vision to better serve the citizens with this precinct, a history that is well documented, as well as provide a professional work space for the dozens of critical volunteers that staff the north building. The equipment, radios, work stations were either donated or were absorbed within the Sheriff’s Office. He also paid for the lease because it was the right thing to do for the citizens of the north county. The volunteers provided the idea of dedicating the office to three term Sheriff Whybark who worked so hard in establishing the volunteer program. The building was dedicated by Lt. Governor Owens, a citizen of this county, out of respect for Sheriff Whybark and Sheriff Salisbury.
These facts are documented and supported. The Sheriffs and the citizens in this community are responsible for the evolution of the north precinct, NOT Mr. Netherlin, who I might remind you was not even in office at the time. If his claim of establishing the north precinct was true than tell us about the other five previous locations that existed since the early 1990’s (the old fire hall, the old liquor store, the house where the medical facility now exists, the portable building, the Safeway office). His support actually came in the version of relieving the Sheriff’s Office of the burden of leasing a building, nothing more….just tell the people that simple fact.
“Experience matters” for an elected when it’s used properly for the people and not misleading those same citizens for personal gain. “Restore the trust” means just that….not more deception or omission of the events to take the credit away from others who properly deserve it. The above is but one example, of several claims he’s made that half represent the truth.
It is clear that Candidate McIntosh represents what he does not.
Pat Utley, Shelton
Published in Mason County Journal 9/22/16; submitted to MasonWebTV.com by Jean Farmer, Campaign Manager for Kelley McIntosh