Mason County News
Port Commission Censures Jack Miles
The Port of Shelton Commission has censured Commissioner Jack Miles for disclosing information gained during an Executive Session. The Port Commission voted two to one Tuesday, July 5, 2011 to sign the Letter of Censure drafted by Commissioner Jay Hupp and addressed to Commissioner Miles. The letter states that after a June 21, 2011 Executive Session, Miles made comments that were published “in several local internet sites, (i.e. blogs)” that “deliberately and intentionally disclosed confidential information” gained through the closed session. The letter also calls his comments on what others said during the executive session “erroneous” and “misleading”. The letter goes on to say Miles violated his oath of office “through deliberate disregard” of the Revised Code of Washington [RCW 42.23.070(4)] that prohibits disclosure of confidential information gained by an officer’s position. It also warns that the Port Commission will consider penalties for any further violations. The letter concludes by insisting Miles “not convey impressions, through any methods of communication that would indicate” he represents the Commission on any issue unless authorized to do so beforehand by the Commission as a body. Commissioner Miles took exception to the letter and tore it into several pieces saying Commissioner Hupp didn’t have the authority to draft such a document.