Being a public servant is not only a privilege, it is an honor that I personally do not take lightly. Never have I claimed nor practiced the art of smooth and silky talk that is devoid of truth or integrity. I do not care to participate in such endeavor.
As the top real estate appraiser for Pierce County, it is my sacred duty to ensure the assessments of all properties are uniformly and equitably administered. The injury inflicted to our system, with hundreds of thousands of falsified appraisals entered into the public records, will take at least four more years to cure given our present resources. Such injury and abuse must never be allowed to visit Pierce County again.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist was formally asked on six different occasions to uphold the rule of law. Each and every time, Mr. Lindquist declined to do so, even after Gov. Gregoire’s office stated it was his responsibility to instigate an investigation.
It is a lighter task to display the backbone to prosecute the least amongst us; it is far more daunting to possess the courage to go after the political insiders who game the system.
The blindfold on Lady Justice represents objectivity; that justice should be meted out without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money or power. To the extent we have a prosecutor who does not measure up to such a standard, we are all in peril.
Ugas is Pierce County’s deputy assessor-treasurer.