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Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to Montesano Councilman Doug Streeter, who stepped up and was appointed to the council last year to fill an unexpired term of Rocky Howard. Streeter’s last council meeting was Nov. 26. Streeter has been a class act on the council, and as interim director of the Grays Harbor PUD, he did an amazing job reorganizing the executive structure of the organization and has consistently been open to asking questions to the right people and speaking his mind.

Streeter was previously elected unopposed to the city council in 2007. He didn’t seek re-election, choosing, instead, to run against Ken Estes for mayor. Estes defeated Streeter in that election. In a heartfelt message to the city, Streeter urged the city to come together and heal over the recent spade of investigations. We share his message of togetherness and wish him the best of luck.

Cheers also to Councilman Rich Klinger, who also chose not to seek re-election and will celebrate his last council meeting in December. Klinger spent more than 31 years with the U.S. Postal Service, most of that with the Montesano office, and developed a keen sense of working with the public. He knew how to handle complaints and what makes this community tick. His presence on the council will be missed. An interesting note is that Klinger became the first councilman to use the city’s Web video technology to participate in council meetings when he was out of town. That’s a credit to his personality that even while on vacation, he wanted to serve this city.