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An Open Letter To Jack Louws

Mr. Louws,

I have some gripes that I want to air (again) and election time seems as good a time as any to do so. (Is there a better time?)

First, our unfinished business:

Bill Elfo is no longer credible. He’s now a proven liar and proven manipulator through the federal courts and through the process of a recent bill that Governor Inslee signed, but I’m not telling you anything. I’m sure you already know that. (I do still have all the court documents and records obtained from the discovery process to prove to any reasonable person what I’ve said here is true.)

When I first brought my whistleblower complaint to you, you were an unknown to me. I had hoped that you would be the man I thought you were, but as I found out in both of the cold and terse whistleblower denials from your office, …you aren’t. You couldn’t be bothered with employee rights, right and wrong, corruption, those sorts of things. You just wanted it and me to go away. I get it.

It’s too late for me to take that vote back though, isn’t it.

You know, and I know, that my claim of political retaliations and internal plotting, the reasons for them, as well as fraud, waste and abuse, were proven in spades. Even though your hand picked ‘independent’ county-paid ‘investigator’ did her very best to minimize what was reported to you, there were facts on the table that even she could not make ‘go away.’

So, just to set the record straight; I know what really happened and I know you also know what really happened, yet you chose to back Elfo’s scheme anyway. You didn’t uphold the law, high standards or even try to stand for what is right. You did so because you had to protect the county power for your later plans. I was just a fly in the ointment and I wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.

I went to you seeking help from what was being done to me and instead of doing what was right, you fell in line and aided the process along. The complaint remains valid even now should you choose to reopen it, but I know you won’t take any action on it because people like me who will stand up and tell the truth to power about such things are apparently  bad for the jail industry business.

Now onto the current matter:

Like most corrupt politicians, you use ‘plausible deniability’ skillfully to justify your actions and to shield yourself and your decisions from scrutiny. If a person doesn’t have rock-solid irrefutable proof, you ignore or deny all of it, even though you really do know, because it’s ‘plausible’ to do so in the eyes of the uninformed.

Sorry, but that does not a man of good character make.

Keeping people in jail longer than necessary to boost population numbers is wrong. Denying bail or PR (personal recognizance) to people who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost numbers is wrong. Incarcerating people in the first place who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost jail numbers is wrong. Repeated court continuances to boost jail numbers is wrong. Manipulating jail population numbers in any form is wrong and you know that.

It’s also wrong to personally profit from a government sector public safety plan that you, as an elected official, have personally manipulated into one carefully defined direction when it’s crystal clear that other viable and cost-effective options do exist. That alone warrants further investigation and I do hope someone is on that. I would and could, because I have the skills and the training, but I just don’t have the time.

In closing:

Despite all of the recent redefining of the term ‘integrity’ into something that sounds warm and fuzzy, like a verbal hug, integrity is not about ‘how you treat people.’ Integrity is about doing what is right. Even if it’s inconvenient. Even if no one else is watching.  It’s honesty, even when it costs you and even when it hurts to do so. Integrity is an unwavering adherence to truth and facts, period.

You, along with the willing co-horts, will probably dismiss this with a wry chuckle as a ‘disgruntled former employee’ or some such thing, but this isn’t just some random, anonymous ‘rant on the internet.’ I have my own personal firsthand experiences with ‘the county,’ 11 years worth, and you for a short time, to rely on that I think other citizens of this county need to know about as well.

Since you, the Bellingham Herald and KGMI can’t suppress, filter or censor this, there’s a good chance some of your voters will see it and may even read it. I’ll let the reader decide for themselves what it is or isn’t. If this costs you even one vote, I will consider it worthy of any scorn directed at me, my time and my effort to write it.

You should also know that I do plan to vote for Joy Gilfilen to replace you. She and I don’t agree on a lot, but we do agree on the important things, like local economics, senseless taxation, government overreach, over spending, protecting the ‘little guy’ and such. Perhaps most importantly, I’m confident that she does have integrity and that things would have turned out differently for me if she were the county exec.

Good day,
Paul Murphy