We are so sorry to learn of the resignation of Paulette Lichatowich from her Port of St Helens position and from her race for county commissioner as well. The community is much the poorer for this loss of a fine and dedicated public servant.
Brady Preheim has seen fit to persecute her with trivial and unreasonable accusations, dismissed by Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The primary alleged violation? She billed the Port $500 for 10 days of work to review a dense and technically complex lease contract. Port rules allow billing at $50 per day for up to 10 days. There is no ethics violation, at least not on her part.
Her decision to completely withdraw from all county politics is everyone's loss. Mr. Preheim disagrees with the commission's findings, and we disagree with him.
We can no longer recommend a vote for Mr. Preheim should he chose to run for office again. He has done a great disservice to Columbia County with his spurious accusations against a highly ethical and capable public official. We are very sorry this happened, and we wish her the best.
We have more respect than ever for Ms. Lichatowich, and less than ever for Mr. Preheim, who has driven her from office, to no good end.