My consent and my voice, by Selinda Barkhuis, former Clallam Treasurer

From Selinda’s Blog;

Reading the story and seeing the picture at left me feeling quite pained, with Clallam County Prosecutor Mark Nichols, sitting next to Chair of the Board of County Commissioners Mark Ozias, weighing in on the subjects of “consent” and “voice” when, from my perspective, and as I have formally informed the Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”), Prosecutor Nichols played an integral role in subverting my consent, silencing my voice, and otherwise bullying me out of office of duly elected Clallam County Treasurer.

Intimidation and silencing by the more powerful is not limited to the extortion of sexual contact among the young, as was the subject of that particular forum.

Indeed, I have (copies of) the public records that tell the story of how intimidation and silencing by the more powerful extends to the extortion of public powers and funds inside the walls of the Clallam County courthouse.

On December 15, 2017, I turned over to my chief deputy the $99.5 million in liquid and safe public funds that were under my personal duty to safekeep “until disbursed according to law,” so that I could vacate the position of County Treasurer and thus divorce myself, legally and financially, from the highly abusive and toxic “shut up and do as you are told or else…!” relationship I found myself trapped in vis a vis Prosecutor Mark Nichols (and his ever-growing stable of deputies and “risk pool” lawyers), County Administrator Jim Jones, Commissioner Bill Peach, and public syphon Jim McEntire.

Now that I have freed myself, I likewise intend to “take the shadows away,” in my case as to what’s been happening inside the Clallam County courthouse, and finish my previous attempts at whistle blowing to the taxpayers and voters who paid my salary for fourteen years and elected me into office three times, specifically addressing for that matter the very issue of how Clallam County “deals” with the “consent” and “voices” of some of its duly elected officials.

In the meantime, see (under Confidential… at my December 4, 2017 work session item to the Clallam County Commissioners, entitled My Public Records, in which I request the following:

  1. For the BOCC to ensure the continued integrity and public availability of all public records left behind by Selinda Barkhuis.
  2. For the BOCC to make available to Selinda Barkhuis, in unredacted format, all public records relating to Washington Counties Risk Pool Claim No. 2014059824 and/or relating to the county’s February 22, 2016 contract with Dale Kamerrer.
  3. For the BOCC to cease employing, supporting, defending, and indemnifying public officials who abuse their authority.

Stay tuned for more…


  1. Ben Cappa

    Keep it coming!!!!

  2. Randy

    Jim Jones etc have been practicing intimidation, bullying and abuse of power practices for a great number of years.

    Lying about environmental contamination, theft and abusive leadership that has been reported by multiple employees.
    Just the request for safety gear like minimally legal construction traffic control and proper respirators has caused ridicule, harassment and bullying.

    Clallam and State agencies have developed a system of misrepresentation that has effectively crippled Clallam’s ethics program.
    “If you don’t like the way we do things here- get the f___ out”
    Falsification of time sheets, private use of and damage to County equipment, improper hazardous waste disposal and multiple threats of physical harm to uncooperative co workers reported to and denied by Mr. Jones and his preferred staff. Mr Jones then lied about the reported incidents when asked by investigators. The offenders that were reported were galvanized by the support they received from Jones and Toss Tyler.
    They know what they can get away with.
    The least of which- it must be ok to procure firewood permits and cut personal firewood on County time if you are one of the top 3 positions in at least one road district.
    And it is ok to cover up a mistake made when working with petroleum products in all 3 districts by dumping the offending substance in one of many county gravel pits around the peninsula. Got a couple hundred gallons of dirty diesel to get rid of? Put it right there- under those little rocks…by that salmon stream “we” just spent a bunch of tax money on.
    The Clallam taxpayer gets sucker punched daily.
    Selina is not the only one with the issues caused by County authorities being complacent with (or supportive of) intimidation, theft and environmental carelessness.

    Randy Terry


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