JEFFERSON: Reason for board member’s removal not public information, county administrator says

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PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County officials won’t give specific reasons why they removed Robert Henderson of Quilcene from the Noxious Weed Control Board.

County commissioners took the extraordinary action to remove Henderson last week.

In a letter to commissioners, County Administrator Charles Saddler wrote:

“I appreciate that you were willing to serve on this board, but unfortunately, complaints and questions have been received about your actions on behalf of this board.”

The action reduces the weed board’s ranks to two members — less than half the number the five-member board is supposed to have.

Even though Henderson was a member of a public advisory board, Saddler refused to provide information on the disciplinary measure.

According to Saddler, the matter is a personnel issue exempt from state public disclosure laws.

He would not be more specific, but said he had received comments that Henderson overstepped his authority and acted independently of the weed control board.

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