Letters to the Editor

Terry preferred for Island County clerk

I am urging the support of Island County Clerk Patricia Terry in the race for clerk.

The office of county clerk is one of those elected positions that runs under the radar, that said it is an important office, part of the administrative branch of government, it serves and is an integral part of the law and justice team. The office handles not only evidence for the courtroom, it also has a lot of money that must pass through the office in fines, etc.

Patricia Terry, with her master’s degree in Public Administration, has brought ‘new eyes’ to the functions of the office. Patricia arranged for a performance audit of the department by inviting members of the Washington State Association of County Clerks to Island County. This in-depth evaluation identified a number of deficiencies in current practices, has served as the basis for a number of reforms in office procedures, and for zero cost to the county. Evaluations like this in my past government experience cost tens of thousands of dollars, she got this done for free, saving the taxpayers.

Cash handling procedures have been revised to improve accountability. Additionally, new fees are being imposed on defendants as part of an in-house collection program. This will add revenue to the department and improve the effectiveness of the program that ensures crime victims are paid for their losses.

Vote for Patricia Terry, she is making government more efficient, responsive and cost effective.

Jay Brand

Oak Harbor

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