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WASHAM: Pricey official should do us all a favor

Letter by Lorna D. Drees, Roy on Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:58 am with 11 Comments »
January 31, 2012 1:16 pm

Re: “Washam’s legal frays cost county treasure” (TNT, 1-30).

It is appalling that an elected official cannot be held personally responsible for his incompetence. Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam is the poster child for someone who is not qualified for the position, and the taxpayers will be paying for his personal shortcomings for years.

It is shameful that he does not have to personally pay the costs for employment practice settlements, legal fees and the investigations.

It is indeed unfortunate that the recall failed to obtain sufficient valid signatures. With many county employees already laid off, or facing a layoff due to budget shortfalls, the waste of money related to the assessor-treasurer is shocking and, simply put, unacceptable.

If Washam had any honor, he would immediately resign. However, his arrogance will probably not allow him to do the decent thing, so all Pierce County taxpayers will share the privilege of paying for his continuing personal vendetta against his predecessor, Ken Madsen, and the honest, hard-working staff in the assessor’s office.

Washam should do all county residents a favor and resign. We cannot afford him.

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  1. commoncents says:

    As much as I dislike the man (that admittedly I have never met)…the damage is done. His resignation will not prevent the city from settling or bringing the other claims to closure. If he is no longer behaving in a manner that will bring about more claims then let the man finish his term and let the voters decide.

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    What ever it cost to keep Dale in office is money well spent. He is shaking up an inefficent office and lowering my taxes faster than any other assessor. Dale, we have you back.

  3. Think about this next time a “progressive” idea like Ranked-Choice-Voiting is on the ballot!

  4. tree_guy says:

    There was no finding that Washam did anything wrong nor any admission Washam did anything wrong. It’s just a settlement, so the merits of the case will not be presented in court. It’s possible the plantiffs are settling because they know their case is weak. If taken to trial they might not get anything.

  5. Here’s the link to the video:


  6. Oops. The above comment and link was for the Puyallup: Council… topic.

  7. Sorry Lorna, but you missed this one. Try to do a little “opposition” research before you make your conclusions. What you will find, in this case, is that someone’s personality traits are being used to imply that he is doing wrong things. Unfortunately, the county risk manager is the one shoveling your tax dollars at people. He obviously is afraid of what would come out in a lawsuit so he is paying hush money. Except it isn’t his money which makes it easy to shovel it without responsibility.

    If we are going to put Dale’s feet to the fire, why not everybody else’s feet also?

  8. commoncents says:

    tree_guy – or it’s quite possible that the risk manager knows they will lose in court while the plaintiffs actually were originally requesting more than they really wanted so this settlement offer works for both. This scenario is just as likely as yours…no better or worse. As for findings? That’s exactly why they settled. If the risk manager had not felt that the likelihood of loss was high enough when paired with the claim amount then he wouldn’t have settled. That’s kind of the job description. It’s easy to scream from the sidelines about facts and potential findings when you don’t have much skin in the game.

    pgroup – it’s not Washam’s personality traits that caused problems – it’s his actions. As for the risk manager being afraid of what will come out in a lawsuit…you’re absolutely right. He’s afraid of a loss and what it will cost the county. That’s his job so kind of makes it his responsibility. You, however, have almost no skin in the game which makes it easy to scream about letting the suit go to finish. When you post a guarantee to cover the county’s losses then your comments have merit. Until then they are baseless assertions and impugn the character of the risk manager and are shameful.

  9. tree_guy says:

    commoncents, you have no way to know why the risk manager settled, nor do have any way of evaluating the various motivations which may have influenced his decision. Maybe he was in a rush to get to the golf course and signing off on the settlement was the only way he could make his tee time. We just don’t know. There’s a long history of county employees failing to perform their jobs so anything is possible.

  10. PumainTacoma says:

    I assume you are talking about Lindquist, too. Since he had to pay out money to a Sheriff deputy… or the previous prosecutor who got sued for millions which YOU paid, too.

  11. Dale’s supporters rely on outright lies, personal attacks, conspiracy theories, and a host of other tactics utilized by folks who don’t have a substantive leg to stand on. Anybody interested in the factual record regarding Dale should go to:


    and click on “show investigations.” There you will find a treasure trove of information that attests to a severe pathology that needs to be expunged from the AT’s office.

    I am so very happy Dale is back in the news (Tribune, that is). This can only get better.

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