Nathan is young enough to be considered young, especially by Clallam County standards. Nathan has what could be called an actual education. He has lived not only outside of Clallam County, but outside the country. His wife is Canadian. In other words, Nathan has many of the markers of someone who is somewhat worldly and informed, and who would make better, more informed and intelligent decisions than he does.
So I have to wonder: Is Nathan not as smart as he might appear to be? Or is he simply too cowardly to stand up for what is right? Or is he simply a soulless bureaucrat, eagerly doing whatever it takes to get ahead?
In other words, how do we explain Nathan West?