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Norm Dicks’s Puget Sound family connection
Rep. Dicks and his son with Jay Manning, right, former chief of staff to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire at a Puget Sound Partnership event in 2009.
Credit: Rae McNally, Puget Sound Partnership
David Dicks, top, was the executive director for a Washington state environmental agency tasked with cleaning up the Puget Sound. During his tenure, Dicks’s father, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), left, secured millions for the agency, Puget Sound Partnership.
Of the money sent to the partnership, $1.82 million was an earmark. Over the next three years, the congressman also sent more than $14 million to the Environmental Protection Agency, which gave the funds to his son's agency. There were no competitors for the funds.
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I don’t think there was a conflict.
We are all trying our best to restore Puget Sound.
-- Rep. Norm Dicks
“People were excited because of his qualifications. Others were like, ‘Oh, that’s Norm’s son.’ I thought both things. It was a tough situation for him.”
-- Dan Hannafious
Assistant Director of the Salmon Enhancement Group
“I will tell you what David Dicks’s credentials were. It’s spelled D-N-A.”
-- Republican state Sen. Mark Schoesler
Gov. Chris Gregoire, who appointed David Dicks, said the hiring was competitive and that his credentials as an environmental lawyer made him a “highly competitive” candidate.
Mismanagement of funds
David Dicks’s tenure with the Puget Sound Partnership was marked by mismanagement, according to Washington’s State Auditor Brian Sonntag.
SOURCE: Washington State Auditor's Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, Puget Sound Partnership.
Video and photos by Ben de la Cruz. Design by Wilson Andrews. Published Feb. 7, 2012.
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