Port Townsend: Councilwoman-elect to step down from county planning board

PORT TOWNSEND — City Council member-elect Michelle Sandoval said Tuesday she will resign from the Jefferson County Planning Commission when she takes office in January.

But her decision is based on workload issues and not in response to the assertion by fellow planning board member John Hynson that being on both boards would be a conflict of interest.

Hynson last week asked Jefferson County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Alvarez to provide a written opinion regarding the conflict of interest question.

That news came as a surprise to Sandoval who said she was not aware Hynson made the request.

“I don’t legally have to resign,” Sandoval said. “I have great interest in the county, but I won’t have time for both.”

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