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June 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM
The King County Municipal League, known for its nonpartisan ratings of local candidates, is going to start background checking them, too. The nonprofit group is teaming with a new nonprofit called CandidateVerification.
CandidateVerification will use the same technology used by corporations hiring new employees to verify candidates’ resumes and learn about any criminal background. They’ll check 10 years worth of federal, county and city criminal and civil records on each candidate, plus the national sex-offender registry.
CandidateVerification was started by David Doud, an Eastside Realtor, who lost his 2009 Port of Seattle Commission race against Rob Holland. Doud might have won, of course, if he had known and revealed more about Holland’s background and business associations. Holland resigned in February.
The Municipal League has invited 50 candidates to participate in the first year of its three-year pilot agreement with CandidateVerification. In a news release, the league said: “it is both organizations’ hope that in the next three years, all candidates running for office in King County will submit to this free check, like any new employee might submit to a pre-employment background screening.”
Candidates will get a chance to look at the results and challenge them before they become public.
March 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The Port of Seattle Commission has selected seven finalists for an open position left when Rob Holland resigned earlier this month.
Four of the finalists were previously finalists for a seat recently filled by Commissioner Courtney Gregoire. Gregoire replaced former commissioner Gael Tarleton, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.
The finalists for Holland’s seat were chosen from 27 applicants. They will participate in a public forum moderated by KUOW’s Steve Scher at 6 p.m. April 2 at the port’s Pier 69 Headquarters, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle.
The finalists are:
– Stephanie Bowman of Seattle, a former manager of Federal Government Affairs at the Port of Tacoma who ran for the state House of Representatives last year in the 11th District.
– Darrell E. Bryan of Seattle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clipper Navigation.
– Claudia Kauffman of Kent, a former state Senator representing the 47th District and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Tribe.
– Randy Loomans of Seattle, the Director of Government Relations for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302.
– Vicki Orrico of Bellevue, a consultant and member of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees.
– Keith Scully of Shoreline, an attorney, a member of the City of Shoreline Planning Commission and former legal director for Futurewise.
– Nancy E. Wyatt of Kent, the President/CEO of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and former President/CEO of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.
February 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM
The Port of Seattle Commission is appointing a new member to replace commissioner Gael Tarleton early next month. Almost as soon as they appoint a new member from a field of six finalists, they’ll be short one commissioner again when Rob Holland’s resignation becomes effective March 15.
So Commission President Tom Albro said the commission will start again with a new appointment process, opening up Holland’s seat to new applicants. Initially when Holland resigned, Albro said the commission might appoint two of the finalists for Tarleton’s seat, but now he says the processes will be separate.
There was huge interest in Tarleton’s seat. It drew 29 applicants. The six finalists will appear at two forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Seattle Central Library and Wednesday at the Renton City Council Chambers.
The commission will accept applications for Holland’s seat March 16-24. People who already applied don’t have to apply again, and the remaining finalists will continue to be finalists, Albro said. The commission hopes to appoint someone to Holland’s seat by May.
November 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland put off indefinitely a proposal to allow commissioners to hire interns to act as personal assistants. At the port’s meeting this afternoon, Holland withdrew the budget amendment he had planned to introduce last-minute. He said he supports the proposal to have the five commissioners be able to hire their own assistants to help answer e-mail and phone calls, summarize meetings and analyze topics — but it needs further discussion.
Holland might not have had enough votes to pass the amendment to the Port’s 2013 budget. Commissioners Bill Bryant and Gael Tarleton had expressed concerns. Tarleton said Holland was looking for someone “to do his job” and Bryant said he wasn’t sure what problem the interns were intended to solve.
In a short statement today, Holland offered a defense of his proposal. Part-time port commissioners work hard running for office, taking time away from their families, holding full-time jobs, all in the interest of “the economic vitality of this region.” He added: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with … this body of people asking for individuals to come in and learn and train and be of assistance.”
Commissioner John Creighton, who had planned to second the amendment, said he was in favor of commissioners being able to hire interns, but the details needed work. Port CEO Tay Yoshitani said there is enough money in the Port budget to pay for the interns if the commissioners decide they want them mid-year.
August 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM
The Seattle Port Commission will meet Sept. 11 to discuss, in open session, the Port CEO’s lucrative new position on the board of Expeditors International.
The commission is likely to seek a second, outside opinion on whether CEO Tay Yoshitani’s position on the board is a conflict of interest, said Commission Chairwoman Gael Tarleton. Tarleton and at least one other commissioner, Rob Holland, told Yoshitani this week he must choose between the board position and his $367,000-a-year job running the Port.
Meanwhile, today, the The Washington Coalition for Open Government and state Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, asked for a list of public records regarding Yoshitani and Expeditors International, and details about the Port’s own ruling that the Expeditors position would not be a conflict.
In response to mounting public interest, the Port put some records up on the commission web page, including a letter from Commissioner Tom Albro defending Yoshitani’s board position.
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