SophiaHaynes

SophiaHaynes 1 year ago on BOC: Wright not right for Water Authority board

Statements attributed to me in this article are incorrect and I need to correct them.

Since the reporter put it in quotes, here is my full direct quote from that portion of my written statement as delivered to the BOC:

"I choose to believe that this “reconsideration” is a coincidence and not retaliation for Ms. Wright vote not to rig the scores. I also choose to believe that if members of this commission had in fact communicated with members of the Authority Board to suggest the selection of your financial advisor that you did not intend that it be done in a manner that would be under all accounts unethical if not illegal. If, however, I am incorrect in my belief, when you “reconsider” Ms. Wright tonight, I ask also that you “consider” that her vote protected the integrity of this process, the stellar reputation of the Water Authority and more importantly the public trust that its elected and appointed officials will govern its affairs ethically. Her vote also protected the county from being legitimately sued and both boards from being hauled in front of the special purpose grand jury, like so many others on charges that this time would have been justifiable. I thank you for your time."

Additionally, Ms. Wright and no one else on the board voiced opposition to Piper and Jaffray. As I again stated in my written statement to the board, the issue was our decision to decline in anyway manipulate the scores to choose anyone who had not earned the highest scores in this evaluation process. As I told the BOC, we took great pains to make sure that this process was fair and above board and it was. It was Ms. Wright's vote that carried the measure 4 to 3 to make that happen. Unfortunately, no one contacted me before this article was published. If they had, I would have suggested to them to not count on what I or anyone on the Commission would tell them, but to review the facts themselves through an open record request to the Water Authority Board of our last two meetings. All the facts of who said what is there.

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