The Seattle P-I’s Neil Modie breaks the story: King County elections director Dean Logan has resigned to take a similar position in Los Angeles County, the largest elections jurisdiction in the nation.
I’m sure the folks over at Sound Politics are dancing in the streets, but then, they’re all a bunch of pricks. Logan is one of the most knowledgeable and respected elections officials in the nation, which is why LA County, with over 3.5 million voters — more than the entire state of Washington — has been recruiting him for months. Meanwhile, due to the toxic political environment the Republicans have cynically promoted in the wake of the 2004 gubernatorial election, King County has yet to find a qualified candidate willing to take on the Superintendent of Elections position after a year of searching.
Logan has been incessantly vilified by the GOP and their surrogates, with Evergreen Freedom Foundation President Bob Williams even going on the radio to demand that Logan should be jailed. A colorless bureaucrat in the best sense of the word, Logan has simply had enough of the abuse.
Anyway, here’s Logan’s resignation letter in his own words:
June 12, 2006
Honorable Ron Sims
King County Executive
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3210
Seattle, WA 98104
Dear Executive Sims:
It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the Director of King County Records, Elections and Licensing Services. I recall feeling humbled and eager by the trust you placed in me when you asked me to serve the citizens of King County