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The President of the Port Commission, Bob Eberle, is asking for an investigation by the state Auditor’s Office into potential violations of the state’s Open Public Meetings Act by Port Commissioners in connection with the loss of Port Executive Director Bob Hyde.

“I believe I can speak on behalf of the each commissioner involved when I say we very much value our personal reputations and value the Port’s reputation as a well-run government,” Eberle said in a letter to the auditor’s office. “We also believe in accountability at all levels of government and therefore ask for your assistance and guidance.”

Apparently, Eberle and fellow Port Commissioners Pat Mooney and Bill Short met with port employees late last month to listen to complaints. The meetings apparently involved only two Commissioners at a time, but could be considered “serial meetings,” which are specifically prohibited under state law.

A quorum of three or more Commissioners is considered a meeting and would need to be in public.

Based on statements made by these three Commissioners, Eberle and Mooney met with employees first, then Mooney left, then Eberle and Short met with the same employees. All this at Mooney’s home.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

446 Skagit Cases (+4)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

51 Hospitalizations (+0)
15 Deaths (+0)
307 Recovered
Tested -Not reported
Positive -Not reported

22,729 Cases Statewide (+245)
3,615 Hospitalizations (+37)

1,138 Deaths Statewide (+3)
383,587 Total Tests Statewide
5.9% Positive

Updated 6:00 pm June 4, 2020

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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