Voters decide proposed amendments to Clallam County Charter

PORT ANGELES — A proposed amendment to the Clallam County Charter to change the system of electing county commissioners appeared to be passing after a second vote of ballots on Wednesday.

Amendment 4 would mean that county commissioners would be nominated by the district and elected by the voters countywide.

It won’t be used until the next county commissioner election in 2022 when Commissioner Bill Peach will be up for re-election.

The 15 elected members of the Charter Review Commission — five from each of the three county commission districts — decided over the past year to put six proposed amendments on the general election ballot.

Approved was Amendment 1 which makes the office of prosecuting attorney non-partisan.

Voters rejected by a large margin proposed Amendment 5, which would have changed the office of the director of the Department of Community Development from elected to appointed.

Clallam County is the only county in the United States that does not appoint its DCD director.

Voters also soundly rejected Amendment 3, which would have changed the frequency of charter review elections from every five years to eight years.

They also opposed proposed Amendment 6, which would lower the number of signatures required to file an initiative petition for repeal of the Clallam County Charter from 35 percent to 20 percent of the number of voters who voted for the office of governor in the last statewide election.

Voters approved Amendment 2, housekeeping measure that would clarify Article IV, Section 4.10.

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