After reading about the recent Vashon Park District meeting to discuss staff salaries, I was not shocked to hear that board member Scott Harvey continues to demonstrate unprofessional and out-of-touch behavior. I encourage people to read the article (“Park board boosts all staff’s salaries,” June 6) and attend a meeting now and then.
Having attended a number of park district meetings has shown me that both Scott and fellow board member Doug Ostrom don’t appear to listen, consider other points of view or do their homework before making decisions. While it’s fine to have differing points of view, the job of elected officials is to act professional, to listen and to represent the interests of the people they represent.
I applaud park district Executive Director Elaine Ott-Rocheford and the other board members for their professionalism and for doing the right thing by making sure that park district employees have a living wage — as apposed to Scott Harvey who was quoted as saying that if employees don’t like their pay, they can leave.
— Karl Stetson