Parks board dissolves

Larry Walker and Kathryn Simpson marked the end of the South Kitsap Parks and Recreation District with a smile and a handshake when Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie signed the dissolution order Friday morning.

The order completed a process started in April when the SKPRD Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve.

The order excluded an added request from the District’s lawyer, Tony Otto, to bar any future claims against the board — Laurie turned it down because it was entered in the record too late for public notice.

“The District is dissolved, and I don’t want to bar any claims he has against the individuals,” Laurie explained.

Otto’s request referred to a threatened, but not official, discrimination complaint by SKPRD Commissioner Warren Collver. Collver has said he would return a complaint questionnaire to the Washington State Human Rights Commission to begin the process, but as of Friday no complaint was received by the Commission. Collver was not present at Friday’s hearing.

The District’s now former chair, Walker, said the group could now resume their lives, noting that Collver’s complaints are “totally specious, with no merit.”

Otto said he would not be representing the individual members if a complaint becomes official, but added that he thinks any formal litigation is unlikely.

“I think the odds of them formally filing a complaint against the members is close to nothing,” Otto said. “I think the big news here is Warren Collver is a liar.”

Collver first announced his grievances against the board in June, then rescinded his complaint, only to place it again on the table at the District’s July 12 meeting.

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