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Letter: Thorsen should apologize

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:09 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Congratulations to County Board member Jeff Thorsen! He got through the Feb. 21 County Board meeting without verbally assaulting anyone. Sadly, his recent bizarre behavior sets the bar that low.

At the January board meeting, Thorsen angrily yelled at residents during public comment time. During the most recent transportation committee meeting, he berated county staff, accusing them of not informing him or anyone about a road work project. When he was reminded that he not only seconded the motion to approve the road work, but voted in favor of the project on two separate occasions, he still denied any knowledge of it.

At the February Committee of the Whole meeting, Thorsen again publicly berated county staff members for failing to inform him about a zoning matter, when in fact the planning and development staff had done everything correctly. Even after being told that staff complied with all requirements, Thorsen continued to yell, threatening and belittling the county employees for no apparent reason. On top of this, Thorsen has belligerently obstructed the transition to electronic voting, which should be a simple reform, and voted against giving taxpayers the opportunity to vote on Chairman Franks’ property tax freeze referendum.

Jeff Thorsen needs to apologize to the county’s staff, the administrator, the rest of the board and the taxpayers he serves. If he fails to do so, it will be clear he is not fit for this job and that he should resign.

Tom Ganka

Wonder Lake

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