OCTOBER 6, 1997
Hospital commissioner re-registers in Kirkland
by Andrew Walgamott
An Evergreen Hospital commissioner, who some say flat-out lives in Arizona, re-registered in Kirkland last week, according to King County Elections officials. Commissioner Russell McClintick notified the county in a letter postmarked September 27 that he had changed his permanent address from Woodinville to a Kirkland home where his son resides, according to Paula Lamb, acting assistant superintendent for voter registration.
The move fulfills a challenge of his residency, according to Lamb. A challenge of McClintick's Kirkland address could still be filed. Where McClintick resides has been the subject of scrutiny by fellow boardmembers.
At a September 23 hospital board meeting, Commissioners Bruce Buckles and Rebecca Hirt requested that McClintick resign his post, saying that the 14-year boardmember lived in Cottonwood, Arizona. Other commissioners said McClintick was only on vacation and would return in October. McClintick himself said he was housesitting for his fiancee in Arizona. A board vote requesting resignation failed.
Last week, Buckles said he has concerns with deception by members of the hospital board. "I will continue to hold the board accountable for their actions," Buckles said. The Evergreen board is in the process of choosing two commissioners who will represent the district in the partnership with Swedish Hospital of Seattle. The board has chosen Chairman Al DeYoung. A move to appoint Commissioner Rex Lindquist was tabled after protest from Hirt and Buckles.
Community members had asked that Evergreen be represented by a man and woman.