In an effort to restore collaboration and relationships in the region, Clark County council chair candidate Marc Boldt announced Monday that, if elected, he will pursue the creation of a Council of Governments.
According to a news release, the council, if approved, would consist of the mayors of Clark County’s cities, the county council chair and potentially other jurisdictions such as utility or fire districts. The group would meet regularly to collaborate and advise on regional projects, Boldt said.
Boldt also jabbed at county Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke in the announcement, saying that the county was once successful at cooperating and collaborating with other jurisdictions.
“But the divisive attitude shown by two members of the county council has fractured those relationships,” Boldt, who is running without a party preference, said in a news release.
Neither Madore nor Mielke returned a request for comment.
A nearby example is the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, which supports both counties on government projects and establishes regional policy. For example, the group is assisting in the city of Longview’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update.