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WASHAM: Find something else to write about

Letter by Rick Johnson, Gig Harbor on April 2, 2012 at 11:25 am with 13 Comments »
April 2, 2012 2:37 pm

I look forward to the fall elections. Maybe, if Dale Washam is defeated or doesn’t run for another term as Pierce County assessor-treasurer, we can finally stop reading about this issue. I have never read a newspaper that spent more time and ink on vilifying an individual who, at the most, seems to be a bad boss.

Has he been charged or convicted of any illegal activity? No. What he has apparently done is that he has not gotten along with some the the “professional” staff of the assessor-treasurer’s office, and The News Tribune doesn’t like him.

The money he has cost the county is not from losing lawsuits, but is the result of lawyers deciding it costs less to settle rather than take the matters to court.

Would I like to work for Washam? Probably not. But let’s let the election process take care of this matter and try to find something more interesting, or more meaningful to write about. How about the millions of tax dollars spent on ever-increasing budgets with no light at the end of the tunnel?

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  1. It’s your money Rick, why don’t you care what the county does with it?

  2. “One has to wonder whether the cost of the rail trip from Victorville to Vegas will become another taxpayer-subsidized expense (recall Amtrak).

    Yeah, and one has to wonder whether the sun will come up in the East tomorrow.

  3. The notion that Dale Washam is merely a “bad boss” is risible unless your idea of a “bad boss” is elastic enough to encompass and condone Dale’s ceaseless parade of paranoid-psychotic behavior, astoundingly poor judgement and abject cowardice. A mountain of documentation, excluding even any portion thereof written by TNT staff, indicates that Dale is an unbalanced, self righteous and hypocritical serial liar with an stunning incapacity for learning from experience or acknowledging reality.

    Dale postures himself as a religious man. I rather suspect that come Judgement Day, he will be sorely rebuffed in respect to the identity of his eternal quarters. There, however, he will doubtless find no shortage of “unemployed” lawyers who might be sympathetic to the filing of an appeal.

  4. sumyungboi says:

    Amen, Rick. I have to believe Washam, at some point, told the TNT where to stick it, and now, the vendetta is personal. The TNT is mega liberal, and they did what all liberals do to their “enemies”, pick the target, personalize it, and polarize it. Washam ran as a Republican, but has never had the backing of the machine, so this was very safe to do, and it’s worked, as evidenced by the puppets who routinely trash Washam after getting their hate orders from the paper.

  5. sumyungboi says:

    karik: “A mountain of documentation, excluding even any portion thereof written by TNT staff, indicates that Dale is an unbalanced, self righteous and hypocritical serial liar with an stunning incapacity for learning from experience or acknowledging reality.”

    You talking about Washam, or Obama? ‘Cause it sounds just like that chump, Obama.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Dale found actionable mistakes, campaigned on them, won, and did what he said he would do. Maybe he didnt’ pay off someone (like the TNT?)

  7. geeterpontiac says:

    Irrespective of Washam’s performance or faults, the TNT had a personal vendetta against Washam from the beginning and essentially did everything they could to ensure their prophecy of doom was fulfilled.

    In all probability, the TNT itself owns a part of the cost of Washam’s tenure thus far. The TNT directly and indirectly undermined Washam’s ability to function effectly by continually demeaning him personally and professionally thus encouraging and formenting a negative work environment at the auditors office and encouraging dissent.

    Washam may be totally incompetent and irresponsible, but, he is no more so than the staff of TNT who engaged in personal attacks immediately upon his election even before he had time to take office.

  8. TSkidmore says:

    Gosh…why report on an incompetent, irrational, paranoid who is wasting millions of tax dollars, public employees time and energy…what’s it got to do with us? Plus if I were working in that building I wouldn’t feel safe – from Washam or his crazy assistant!

    Come on are you serious? Maybe the air out in Gig Harbor is just a little too thin.

  9. He’s only guilty of publicizing the fact that the Tribune had been getting away without paying it’s fair share of property taxes for many years under a corrupt demokrat controlled Assessor’s office. He went in there and shook the place up as he said he would do and the homesteading bureaucrats didn’t like it. How did that office get by so many years without even performing property value audits without the so-called local news media doing it’s job? I say we need more Washams in government.

  10. olympicmtn says:

    Why doesn’t the Tribune research why the city council and mayor allowed misuse of public funds to be used for unlawful means. Why isn’t this criminally investigated. Geez in Seattle an elected official went to the prosecutor and hired a private attorney to investigate misuse of public funds which lead to criminal charges…. Where are our elected officials in demanding the same private investigation to safeguard unlawful actions.

  11. Frosty, please know the facts before posting. The NT now pays less than on taxes than it did when Madsen was in office.

    Blaine, DW didn’t win or get what he wanted done with it. If he does decide to run again, I have doubts he will be in the top two of the August Primary.

  12. Rick Johnson wrote: “The money he has cost the county is not from losing lawsuits, but is the result of lawyers deciding it costs less to settle rather than take the matters to court.”

    Washam’s neurotic actions are indefensible. “The money he has cost the county” is a result of his indefensible actions. The lawyers are wise to settle and The News Tribune is correct to keep this issue on the front burner.

  13. HiJeffHi says:

    Multiple charges from within the Assessors office of unethical and illegal behavior by Washam toward career department employees. Multiple expensive settlements in lieu of more expensive litigation. Multiple outside investigations of Washam. His blatant disregard for agreements he made to not disparage department employees or interfere in investigations. Blatant use of county resources for non-departmental business. Subjecting his field workers to danger by calling them “liars and criminals,” which helps justify aggression toward them by citizens. A still-climbing total of all one million dollars to respond to Washam’s “crusade.” And the beat goes on…

    And yet, somehow, the majority of the people posting here chalk it all up to the “liberal media” and personal vendettas by the NT. My god, what planet beyond Neptune do you all reside upon?

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