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08/09/2005: "Open Letter To Alan Lichter"

Alan Lichter

Board of County Commissioners
350 Court St. #1
Friday Harbor WA 98250

We very much appreciate and admire the position you haven taken in selecting the new BOCC Commissioner. We whole heartedly support Bob Myer and feel that his back ground in, years and roles; contributing to the spirit and health of the islands; make him the candidate that most fits the criteria that you have set for choosing the Commissioner:

"My ideal commissioner would have the following characteristics:

--he should be an experienced consensus-builder
--he should have issue-related experience at the County level, and beyond
--his educational background should fit, in some important way, with a commissioner's work
--he should possess interests and values publicly recognized as befitting a commissioner
--he should have considerable experience working with diverse individuals and groups
--his experience should make him a fast learner in the commissioner's post
--he should be a committed environmentalist and an outstanding steward for our land"

As you can see from the following excerpt (from Bob's resume) Bob exceeds your expectations

Bob serves on the Board of the Davis Head Homeowners' Association where he has volunteered to manage the homeowners' association water system for many years. His participation on several countywide committees, along with service on the board of Orcas Power and Light Cooperative, has given Bob experience in working on issues of countywide significance. Bob also currently serves on the Boards of the Lopez Lions Club (as Treasurer), Lopez Library, and San Juan Islands Audubon Society. He is a supporter of the Lopez Island Historical Society, Lopez Housing Options for seniors, Lopez Hospice and Home Care, Lopez Senior Center, Lopez Community Land Trust, and other nonprofits on Lopez.

Some examples of Bob's involvement in countywide affairs include the following:

. Initiated, in cooperation with the county Planning Department, the creation of the Open Space and Conservation Plan (1990-1991) that ultimately became part of the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan

. Member of the committee to establish the San Juan County Land Bank (1990) and to support successful renewal of the Land Bank (1999)

. Member of the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan committee (1993-1995)

. As Executive Director of The San Juan Preservation Trust, negotiated with private property owners for the protection of the open-space values of more than 8,750 acres of woodlands, open farmland, and natural shoreline on 15 islands throughout San Juan County (1985-2002)

. Worked with Washington State Department of Natural Resources and US Bureau of Land Management to create natural preserves on government lands throughout the county (1985-2002)

. Member of San Juan Valley Heritage Plan Committee, San Juan Island (2001)

Current and Recent Board Experience:

Board of Directors, Davis Head Homeowners' Association, Lopez Island, 1986-

Board of Directors, Land Trust Alliance, Washington DC, 1990-1996

Board of Directors, Land Trust Alliance-Northwest, 1995-2002

Board of Trustees, Lopez Island Library, 2004-

Board of Directors, Lopez Lions Club, 2003-

Board of Directors, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative, 1986-

Board of Officers, San Juan Islands Audubon Society, 1988-

Board of Directors, Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 1990-

Board of Directors, Washington State Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, 1999-

Advisory Council, Spokane District, US Bureau of Land Management, 1989-1991

Work Experience:

2003-present Part-time business and non-profit consultant

1985-2002 Executive Director, The San Juan Preservation Trust
Box 327, Lopez Island WA 98261-0327

1974-1985 Manager, International Group, Weyerhaeuser Company
Tacoma WA 98477

1966-1974 Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195


B.A. (cum laude) Amherst College, 1960 - Economics

M.I.A. Columbia University, 1962 - International Affairs and Economics

Ph.D. Columbia University, 1968 - Public Law and Government

Fellowships and Awards:

Charles W. Merrill Scholar, 1956-1960

Scholar of the School of International Affairs, 1960-1962

National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship, 1964-1966

Fulbright Scholar (Brazil), 1963-1964

Fulbright-Hayes Fellow (Chile), 1970-1971

US Department of State Executive-Diplomat Seminar, 1976

Business and Non-profit Management Experience:

. Management of successful land conservation organization in the San Juan Islands WA

. Management of international academic, economic, and environmental projects in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

. Public testimony before local governments, state legislatures, and US Congress

. Author of numerous articles on economics, trade, and land conservation

. Consultant to private companies, non-profit organizations, USAID, and Asian Development Bank

. Member of numerous local community service organizations"

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