UPDATE Boldts wife resigns after apparent conflict of interest

first_imgDawn Boldt, the wife of Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, resigned Thursday from Lifeline Connections, a day after Boldt and Commissioner Steve Stuart agreed to make an emergency loan to the private nonprofit.Prior to his wife’s resignation, Boldt said Thursday morning that his wife’s employment with Lifeline did not influence his vote and that he would recuse himself from a Feb. 21 vote on whether to loan Lifeline more than the initial $190,000 the organization said it needed to make payroll.On Thursday afternoon, Boldt said his wife had resigned from Lifeline and he acknowledged the appearance of a conflict of interest.On Wednesday, Chris Horne, a deputy prosecuting attorney, told Boldt and Stuart they had authority to waive a public notice requirement and approve the loan. Lifeline, which rents space at the Clark County Center for Community Health, is the county’s only inpatient substance abuse treatment center.The county contracts with Lifeline to provide services for drug court clients. John Cox, the county’s director of drug and alcohol services, told commissioners on Wednesday that if they didn’t help Lifeline, and it was forced to close, then the addicts would likely turn up in hospital emergency rooms or in the Clark County Jail.The commissioners determined the loan was an emergency measure to help an organization that provides an essential public service.But a majority of the Board of Commissioners would need to approve the loan, and the third member, Tom Mielke, has been absent from meetings this week. He’s been in Spokane, caring for his ill mother, said Clark County Administrator Bill Barron.last_img

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