Sunday, March 18, 2007

Are County Officials For Sale?

Rumors floating around that Bob Holland, Owner of Waterford Park,LLC has Rand Wichman as a consultant. Rand, after leaving his Planning Directorship, has popped up as a consultant for most of the high profile developments in the area lately.

Following in his footsteps, it appears that Jan Gera, Senior Secretary for the department has recently accepted a position with Gozzer Ranch. One can only wonder how long it will take before this one will be seen speeding along knocking off fishermen with huge wakes this Summer. Maybe she was hired to teach the employees good manners, hmmm?

Wealthy developers are apparently hedging their bets with the hiring away of Planning and Building Department employees, in an apparent attempt to have "insider" advocates on the payroll. Maybe it is time for Kootenai County to adopt a law similar to Federal Employees regarding a two year wait for employment before going to work for an industry that one previously regulated.

In another development, it appears that Commissioner Todd Tondee has hit the ground running. He is the Commissioner delegated to the day to day supervision of P & Z. Some department employees think he is doing a great job.

1 comment:

Bill McCrory said...


As you correctly pointed out on the S-R blog, the danger is that someone still in government will begin to lay the groundwork for his/her departure to private employment before leaving public employment. That is precisely what the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 was intended to stop. Welcome to Kootenai County, where the current time is 30 years ago.
"Corruption is not just a job; it's an adventure!"