Well, here’s an odd twist of fate.
As I reported
here, city planner and affordable housing
specialist Brent Butler was trimmed from the city’s roster during
the last round of layoffs. Wouldn’t you know it, but Butler was
also a member of the Port Townsend City Council. As one of those
rare city councilors who requires a day job to pay the rent, Butler
went looking for a new gig. Elmore County, Idaho came calling and
gave Butler his new job: director of growth and development.
“I won’t be able to do both at the same time,” Butler told the
Peninsula Daily News this week, shortly after
resigning from the Port Townsend council. “I’m going to have to
leave the community to take the job.”
The council is now looking for Butler’s replacement.
Butler was a staunch advocate for affordable housing in Port
Townsend. He voted against the city’s budget because it lacked
funding for affordable housing.
Port Townsend has shifted from a working class community of boat
builders and paper mill workers to one increasingly populated by
“I hope I am replaced with someone who is also in support of the
housing issue,” Butler told the Peninsula Daily. “It’s the most
concerning issue the city is facing, and I hope to see the city
support it in the future.”
On Bainbridge’s two rounds of layoffs, Butler had this to
“[The city of] Bainbridge Island laid off most of the people
they hired in the last two years,” he said. “I’ve heard they will
now be looking at laying off people who have been with the city as
far back as 10 years.”