Here's a headline it must have pained the PDN to put into print:
Accusation of perjury leveled at Port Angeles Deputy Mayor; Jefferson County investigates
Though that, in a sense, says it all, let's give a little context for anyone new who's reading this.
An accusation of perjury against Port Angeles Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd, based on her testimony at a March 29th city Ethics Board hearing, has led to an investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. In an April 8th complaint to the Port Angeles Police Department, Port Angeles resident Dale Wilson accused Kidd of falsely claiming that Councilman Lee Whetham "inflamed" residents who attended a February 2nd City Council meeting. Kidd later adjourned the meeting abruptly over what she testified were concerns for "public safety."
"For public safety purposes, it was not safe" Kidd testified.
Needless to say, for those who were at the meeting, or for those who watched the video(s) of that meeting, it is clear that Lee Whetham did no such thing. It's also plain to see there was no "clear and present danger" to public safety - other than the public pummeling Kidd's fragile little ego was taking.
This is an incredibly serious turn of events, and something that was completely, totally avoidable. But Gavel Gertie has brought this upon herself. Her refusal to listen, to apologize, or to bend in even the slightest way towards being contrite has led to this: She's charged with perjury. Police are investigating. And yes, Cherie, even the PDN has to report it - though they have, of course, disabled the commenting feature.
So what does the ever mush-mouthed and loquacious Cherie Kidd have to say about all this self-generated strife and shame?
Kidd did not return calls for comment Thursday.
Anyway, well done, Dale. And good luck. How are ad sales doing?