County manager's wife included in proposed consultant contract

San Juan County Parks and Fair board selected Cascadia Consulting Group for a Community Needs Assessment Analysis. If the contract is approved, Jennifer Thomas,  wife of county Manager Mike Thomas,  would be paid $115 an hour to serve as the San Juan Island Liaison to the consultant.

Hourly rates for the liaisons from the other three ferry-served islands range from $40 to $65. Brian Wiese for Orcas Island $65 an hour; Nancy Greene for Lopez Island $40 an hour; Ellen Jones for Shaw Island $40 an hour.

The consultant firm will collect data needed for the update to the county's Parks Trails and Natural Areas Plan. Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board requires the update that allows the county to remain qualified for many state grants.

Approval by the county Council is necessary due to the inclusion of the spouse of a municipal officer in the contract. The matter was on the agenda for the Council's December 7, 2015 meeting but the item was postponed.

The material prepared for the proposed motion can be read in full on the county's website.


  • Gay Graham
    Gay Graham Thursday, 10 December 2015 10:09 Comment Link

    This hourly rate discrepancy and the fact that the wife of the County Manager being the proposed recipient begs many questions and close scrutiny.

  • Connie Odegard
    Connie Odegard Wednesday, 09 December 2015 04:35 Comment Link

    Nepotism too much!

  • Joe shultz
    Joe shultz Tuesday, 08 December 2015 14:15 Comment Link

    The lady may be brilliant. She and her husband may be God's gift to our island. However, the very appearance of this arrangement is atrocious. It lends itself to too easily to ethical questions that I would think should be avoided. If this actually happens, I predict everyone will regret it.

  • Peg Manning
    Peg Manning Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:32 Comment Link

    While we're looking at relatives of County managers getting high hourly rates, is the Dietzman listed a relative of the County Engineer? For $45 an hour, what experience does he or she bring to the table?

  • Peg Manning
    Peg Manning Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:27 Comment Link

    These plans already exist; they were included in the recent Transportation Plan. Why on earth are we doing them again at such a cost? Was there open bidding?

  • Peggy Sue McRae
    Peggy Sue McRae Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:05 Comment Link

    Wow... and people freak out about raising the minimum wage to $15/hour.

  • Gordon Haverstock
    Gordon Haverstock Tuesday, 08 December 2015 08:42 Comment Link

    Elect a whole new council and fire county management!

  • Peter DeLorenzi
    Peter DeLorenzi Monday, 07 December 2015 19:46 Comment Link

    You gotta be kidding!.....????

  • Penelope Haskew
    Penelope Haskew Monday, 07 December 2015 18:30 Comment Link

    Nepotism much?


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