Rudolph on Making Kitsap’s Place at PSRC Table

Now-former Poulsbo City Councilman Dale Rudolph attended his last council meeting Wednesday. Brynn Grimley reported on fellow community leaders’ perceptions of Rudolph, described as a “Methodical. Dedicated. Community servant.”

Rudolph received kudos at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council. Fellow members of the KRCC recognized Rudolph’s long-time service representing Kitsap County’s interests on the Puget Sound Regional Council, which oversees growth, transportation and economic development in the Puget Sound region.

KRCC Board Chairman Steve Bauer, who is the county’s North Kitsap Commissioner, said Rudolph was the “corporate history” on relations between the KRCC and PSRC. KRCC member Kim Brackett, a member of the Bainbridge Island City Council, spoke of Rudolph’s “encyclopedic knowledge” on the PSRC’s Vision 2040.

Rudolph was brought the meeting on a ruse. He thought he was being asked for thoughts on the PSRC, to pass the baton so to speak. Before receiving a plaque and thanks from the KRCC board, he talked about his experience of serving on the PSRC.

Rudolph, who most recently was on the PSRC’s Growth Management Policy Board, said it was important for those representing Kitsap County to present a unified voice at PSRC. “I found it interesting to represent viewpoints I didn’t necessarily share. I think it was really good for me to realize we are in this together.”

Rudolph urged those on PSRC boards to be faithful in attending meetings. Putting in seat time gives Kitsap County and the KRCC credibility with the PSRC, which also includes the much larger Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, Rudolph said.

There has been considerable discussion in recent years about Kitsap County’s involvement with the PSRC, and whether its to the county’s benefit. One thing on which everyone agrees is representatives to the PSRC must be consistent in attending the meetings in Seattle, in addition to their other local meetings and duties.

8 thoughts on “Rudolph on Making Kitsap’s Place at PSRC Table

  1. The PSRC is a political action committee of the state’s Democratic Party. It is designed is to ensure that party’s agenda is advanced – that jurisdictions are locked in – irrespective of what their citizens may do at the polls.

  2. If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Kitsap leaders should continue to attend and participate in the regional meetings to ensure this county’s interests are represented.

  3. So says a supporter of the status quo.

    You can be at the table without selling your soul.

    Kitsap’s long running political establishment has put allegiance to their Party over allegiance to their People. Someone new should go to the table. Not to avoid getting eaten. But to defend their constituents’ interests and report back to them – honestly – about the goings on.

  4. We both know you have little or no insight into the intricacies of that which I support, which is far from status quo.

    Indeed, one can be at the table without selling one’s soul. There are numerous such instances on a variety of issues regarding PSRC where it is not done.

    In order to report back to constituents, Kitsap leaders should continue to attend and participate in the regional meetings to ensure this county’s interests are represented vs. consumed (eaten) by those of other regions. In order to determine that someone new should go to the table, it helps to know how many are engaged. It isn’t just the one or two persons who make headlines.

  5. Maybe game playing and ‘intricacies’ should be gently moved out of ‘politics as usual’. How about throwing open and honest communication on the table?

    “Rudolph, who most recently was on the PSRC’s Growth Management Policy Board, said it was important for those representing Kitsap County to present a unified voice at PSRC. “I found it interesting to represent viewpoints I didn’t necessarily share. I think it was really good for me to realize we are in this together.”..”

    How can anyone represent viewpoints they don’t share?

    “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Kitsap leaders should continue to attend and participate in the regional meetings to ensure this county’s interests are represented.”

    If Kitsap County is represented, the representative should be there and SPEAK UP – be a presence for the Kitsap County citizens…why else be there?
    Sharon O’Hara

  6. This has nothing to do with game playing, and ‘intricacies’ refers to complexities, details and facts which cannot and will not fall prey to false or generic assumptions. Nothing I wrote needs to be moved out, nor is it politics as usual.

    There are numerous committees, boards, and advisory boards where community and business leaders have an opportunity to educate themselves, then weigh in and shape policy impacting their communities. Anyone at the table on a regular basis will appreciate that a great deal of time, information and discussion goes into the process before recommendations and decisions are made. And yes, honest communication where parties truly listen vs. putting words into one another’s mouths in order to have something to argue against despite agreement on the core issue. The latter would be more akin to politics as usual, and we all deserve better.

    Serving on a board or committee is an experience where divergent opinions and strategies can be shared and effectuated. Once a quorum or majority rules (and that decision isn’t a violation of law or fiduciary duty), that body gets behind the vote and moves forward. Good leaders may continue to seek other ways to best represent the overall interests of their particular constituent base, but anyone wedded to being right at all costs will not be a good fit.

    Obviously, ‘attend and participate’ means speaking up.

  7. I think Chris just wanted to lead with a ‘Rudolph’ story for the Christmas season. Why did no one else notice that?? ~~smile~~

    While I am here… (off topic alert, sorry Chris)… I’d like to wish all my fellow bloggers a very Merry Christmas and joyous New Year.

  8. I noticed it, thought it was cute, but decided to spare Dale yet another nudge and wink about his name. 😉

    Happy Christmas to all.

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