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August 14, 2010

Why Does Sherry Parker Continue to Violate State Law?

by lewwaters

Sherry Parker, County Clerk for Clark County Washington is once again coming under fire for her use of questionable campaign signs that bear a striking resemblance to traffic warning signs.

She received complaints on this back in her bid for office in 2006 and once again, as she seeks re-election, she is receiving complaints from the Washington State Department of Transportation for her use of the questionable signs.

I find her ignoring such complaints to be quite peculiar, given that on her campaign web site she states of her husband, “Philip is a state Transportation Commissioner.” Surely as a “State Transportation Commissioner,” he realizes the signs bear such a striking resemblance to traffic warning signs and are in violation of state law?

Just recently, Ms. Parker was sent the following from the Department of Transportation, once again requesting she comply with state law, as she was asked to do in 2006.

Calls apparently were ignored in 2006 perhaps due to the City Attorney’s office not seeing eye to eye with clearly stated state Transportation Law. As a state Transportation Commissioner though, shouldn’t Philip Parker know better on these questionable signs?

After this, Ms. Parker issued a notice that she had never received any such warning, but that the city attorney had stated there was no problem with the questionable signs. And still, I have to refer back to husband Philip being a “state Transportation Commissioner.”

Parker even merited a Roasting on our local spoof news site, the Daily ‘Couve recently.

According to an April 2010 Columbian article on her filing for re-election, Parker, who earns just over $93,000 per year in this office says, “With the economy the way it is and the county’s budget the way it is, we try to find any way we can to make things more efficient and still be available to the public.”

Would that include being the ONLY candidate running for ANY office locally to continue to thumb her nose at directives received from the State Department of Transportation, where her husband sits as a Commissioner since being appointed by Governor Gregoire since 2007?

Is the County Clerk office even all that important of a position to resort to this in order to obtain and hold it? According to the Columbian article above, “Parker supervises a staff of 45 people and is responsible for the records of all Superior Court matters, including felony criminal cases; certain civil lawsuits; and divorce, juvenile and probate cases.”

I never realized that our courts were busy enough to require “45 people” just for filing.

Ms. Parker’s opponent, Scott Weber says he is running to “abolish the office” as an elected office.

Weber says, “Elimination of the Clerk as an elected position will save an amount into the six figures. Our elected clerk makes nearly $100,000 alone. Making the court’s file clerk appointed will make it easier to streamline the office and make the person holding the job accountable to those public officials who have significant responsibilities like the judges and commissioners.

Considering Ms. Parker is paid nearly double the median income of the average Clark County taxpayer at a time so many of us are struggling, perhaps Ms. Parker is very comfortable ignoring state law to retain that handsome paycheck.

No matter how insignificant the office may seem to us, elected officials must be held to the same standard as the rest of us are. I can only imagine how fast the City Attorney’s Office would be to have you or I remove a sign similar to Ms. Parker’s should we advertise our home for rent or for any other reason.

Ms. Parker should be required to abide by that same standard and stop thumbing her nose at state law in order that she may retain her nice healthy paycheck on the backs of struggling taxpayers.

Ms. Parker would require you to “follow the rules” should you need to file anything with her office. Shouldn’t she too “follow the rules?”