January 5, 2018 Sandy Robson
This is a follow-up to my December 21, 2017, FB post about Senator Doug Ericksen’s potential new employment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Region 10 office, in Seattle.
Today, I called the Region 10 office to check to see if Doug Ericksen is working out of their office yet. The staff person who answered my call seemed familiar with Ericksen’s name and said he was working there, and told me his position title is Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator. The direct number for Ericksen that the staff person gave me is 206-553-1906.
So, it would appear that Senator Doug Ericksen has now started a new position with the EPA in its Region 10 office. It is unclear, at this time, whether this is a permanent position.
Senator Ericksen’s 42nd Legislative District constituents deserve to know the full details about their senator’s potential new employment with the EPA.
Back on December 21, 2017, I had sent an email to Marianne Holsman, Public Affairs Director for the EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle, inquiring about Senator Doug Ericksen’s potential new position with the EPA’s Region 10 office. Ms. Holsman replied to my email, saying, “The type of appointment/position you are asking about is handled by our headquarters office in Washington D.C.” She copied
Nancy Grantham, Office of Public Affairs for the EPA on that email, and said Ms. Grantham would get back to me.
After not hearing anything back from Ms. Grantham, I sent her a December 29, 2017 email, to which, she replied, saying:
“Regarding your inquiry below, we don’t comment on personnel matters.”
My email communications with Ms. Holsman are shown below:
From: “Holsman, Marianne” <Holsman.Marianne@epa.gov>
Date: December 21, 2017 at 4:34:01 PM PST
To: Sandra Robson
Cc: “Grantham, Nancy” <Grantham.Nancy@epa.gov>
Subject: RE: Doug Ericksen’s possible new position with the EPA in the Region 10 office
The type of appointment/position you are asking about is handled by our headquarters office in Washington D.C.
I’ve copied Nancy Grantham on this message. She is in our headquarters public affairs office and will get back to you.
From: Sandra Robson
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2017 4:00 PM
To: Holsman, Marianne <Holsman.Marianne@epa.gov>
Subject: Doug Ericksen’s possible new position with the EPA in the Region 10 office
I left you a voice mail yesterday afternoon, but I also thought I would follow up in an email with you here today, in case you did not get a chance to listen to that yet.
My name is Sandy Robson, and I live in Birch Bay, WA. I am a free lance writer who has been following Washington state Senator Doug Ericksen’s Temporal Transitional Schedule C position appointment as a Senior Adviser with EPA Headquarters, back on January 21, 2017, which concluded on May 20, 2017, and his possible upcoming return to employment with your agency.
I heard recently that Mr. Ericksen may be joining the EPA as an employee after the New Year, I believe, as a Special Adviser to the agency’s Region 10 Regional Administrator.
I am hoping to confirm with you if, in fact, Mr. Ericksen will be joining the Region 10 office as an employee, and if he will be, what his job title will be.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Wishing you a nice holiday season.
Here is the text of Sandy’s 12/21/17 Facebook post:
Current state Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) may soon be working for the U.S. federal government. According to a reliable source who has ties to the EPA, Ericksen, will be joining the EPA as a Special Adviser to the agency’s Region 10 Regional Administrator, after the New Year.
Upon hearing that news, I called into the EPA Region 10 office yesterday afternoon, December 20, 2017, to try to confirm if the news that Doug Ericksen would soon be joining the Region 10 office was correct. The staff person in the Region 10 Administrator’s office I spoke to had no information on that and the individual she then tried to check with at that time was in a meeting, so she told me she would try to help me with my inquiry, and took my name and number.
While I have not yet been able to confirm the news officially with the EPA, this additional piece of information gives me reason to believe that what I was told yesterday may indeed be accurate. I checked the Public Disclosure Commission website today and found that Senator Ericksen filed a C4 report on 12/10/17, listing surplus election-campaign money expenditures for November 2017, some of which include, airfare (Alaska Airlines) and hotel (Embassy Suites in Washington, D.C.) as shown in the attached screenshot photo.
I wonder if Senator Ericksen, while staying in D.C., met with the EPA regarding a position in the Region 10 office with their agency? If so, that could be a questionable use of surplus election-campaign money.
In checking Ericksen’s Facebook page today, it shows that on November 15, 2017, his cover photo was updated to display an image of the Capitol Building in D.C. Was that updated cover photo somehow meant as any kind of sign relating to his travel to D.C. and/or his possible employment with the federal government?
Just one day before Doug Ericksen had changed his cover photo, Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), on November 14, 2017, tagged Ericksen in a Facebook post which now displays on Ericksen’s Facebook page (screenshot photo attached). Carlyle’s post reads:
“I want to acknowledge and express my appreciation that today Sen. Doug Ericksen graciously handed over control of the chair gavel well before the formal change of control in the Senate in a few weeks. #waleg”
Senator Ericksen, then-Chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, lost the gavel, so-to-speak that goes with being Chair of that committee, to Senator Reuven Carlyle, due to the November 7 election of state Senator Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond). Dhingra’s election resulted in Democrats assuming the majority in the Washington state Senate. Senate Republicans had been the majority party in the Washington state Senate since 2012.