Mark Ozias, Chair, Clallam County Board of Commissioners
Good Morning Commissioner:
As you are Chairman of the Board of Clallam County Commissioners I call upon you to postpone the scheduled hearing regarding the $900,000.00 award of Opportunity Fund money to Peninsula Housing Authority until an independent, unbiased investigation can be conducted into the possibility of fraud surrounding the application.
A preliminary journalistic investigation suggests there may be irregularities in the manner in which this award was requested and approved.
There have been attempts to mislead and misdirect the BOCC and the public as to the legality of the use of these funds. Those possibly involved in this subterfuge include the County Prosecutor’s office, the Op-Fund advisory board, board members of the Peninsula Housing Authority and other, not yet named, individuals.
Until there is an independent, outside investigation of this chain of events leading to the award of this grant the public cannot be assured of the legality of this use of Opportunity Fund funding.
I bring you these facts:
The Peninsula Housing Authority falsely supported this grant application as using the funds to construct a Boys and Girls Club.
The local paper falsely announced the use of the funds as going to “construction of a Boys and Girls Club.
The official Agenda for the County Commission meeting falsely listed the use of these funds as “Construction of a Boys and Girls Club.
A letter from David Alveraz of the County Prosecutor’s office falsely approved the use of Op-Fund money based on their use as going for “construction of a Boys and Girls Club.
Of course none of this is true and the community has not yet learned of the misdirection and misinformation. The actual intended use of these funds is for the destruction and removal of 33 perfectly good homes now sitting on the property the PHA hope to unnecessarily redevelop.
Therefore it is incumbent upon you, as chair of the BOCC, to postpone this upcoming hearing on the use of these funds and call for a fair and independent outside agency, such as the state’s Attorney General, to investigate the possible attempts at fraud and conspiracy to defraud the county government and thus the taxpayers.
Obviously the County Prosecutor’s Office is not a proper agency to investigate this matter as they may be implicated in the illegal activity surrounding this matter.
I hope you will give this matter your utmost attention.