Public Corruption Files: The Louwsy Jail Deal: A Whatcom County Jail Boondoggle…
….that put a few cool million in Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws’ pockets. $4.19 Million to be exact.
(Edit: I’ve been corrected on the dollar amount since it’s really not known exactly how much Jack Louws made on his property deal. It’s believed to be closer to $3 million and I said ‘Oh, is that all?’ Apparently he had to pay a company to construct a building on that property first, before selling it,….a company he owns…..;/ )
Well no wonder Jack Louws is so set on railroading the project and ramrodding the suspiciously ‘chosen’ jail location….. that Whatcom County residents have already paid for, $150,000 per acre, in an area that is assessed at an average $30K per acre.
That’s kind of a coin-ki-dink, isn’t it?
What other purpose would Jack Louws have had to buy an adjacent property in a nowhere location,….unless he knew in advance that would also be the location he would himself secretively select, stick to and defend, when many other much more cost effective options exist, as the one and only location that would be acceptable for a jail project that he is also pushing?
This is unacceptable and the way this process has been undertaken from the outset is corrupt.
Sorry, but there is no other word for it.
It didn’t quite make sense then, but I can see now why Jack repeatedly denied my well proven whistleblower complaints, requesting he intercede in Bill Elfo’s manufactured termination of my employment from Whatcom County.
Good work over at Northwest Citizen. I wish I had more time to do that sort of gumshoe investigative work, but I can’t. I’m too busy trying to survive.