Tuesday, September 4, 2012
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County commissioners said today they will not hold a hearing to decide whether to remove the county Rural Library District board of directors.
Commission Chairman Greg Tompkins said that based on advice from the county Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, it would not be fair to hold a hearing based on allegations presented by the Library Users Coalition.
Commissioners Perry Dozier and Jim Johnson both said they agreed with the opinion from the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners directed Connie Vinti, clerk of the board, to draft a resolution to that effect.
In a letter to commissioners sent Aug. 13, the Library Users Coalition charged library board members had violated the state Open Public Meetings Act in deciding not to support annexation of the city of Walla Walla into the district for at least three years.
The letter, signed by Allen Kopf, coalition representative, said the actions described in the coalition’s complaint “constitute just cause for their removal and for the appointment of new board members to govern the district.”
The coalition asked county commissioners to set a date for a hearing on the issues they presented in the letter.