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August 8, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Any port in a storm for Everett port commissioner Michael Hoffmann?

The Snohomish County Prosecutor has been dispatched on a reconnaissance mission that does not come up too often.

Most elected officials are anchored to their home districts so that residency is not an issue. Everett Port Commissioner Michael Hoffmann helped pass an Aug. 6 resolution to determine if he still meets qualifications to hold office.

Port Executive Director John Mohr was notified by Hoffmann he no longer resides at his District 3 address. Washington law requires an officeholder to be a registered voter in the appropriate district.

In a news release from the Port of Everett, it was reported Hoffmann made it clear he did not intend to renew his voter registration. Where he lives is not clear, according to a port spokesperson.

Hoffmann voted for port resolution No. 987 that directs the county prosecutor’s office to review the qualifications of a public official, and seek clarification of his residency. Hoffmann’s six-year term expires Dec. 31st.

Why the drama? This seems like it could be quickly resolved by the incumbent, who has five years plus of solid public service, and currently chairs the commission.

Having the legal qualifications of one of three commissioners under a cloud is procedural death for that panel. What if the legality of Hoffmann’s votes is in doubt for the next five months? If he shuffles along, one can bet the loser of an important issue before the commission would challenge his status and vote.

Provide a legal address in District 3 and register to vote. Finish the term in a manner befitting past performance.

Comments | Topics: Michael Hoffmann, Port of Everett

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