Sen. Don Benton hired for Clark County job

May 3, 2013 • Entertainment

FILE – In this Jan 14, 2013 photo, Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, shakes hands on the opening day of the 2013 legislative session. Benton was picked Wednesday, May 1, 2013, to become Clark County’s director of environmental services. The position has been vacant since February when previous director Kevin Gray announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver was picked Wednesday to become Clark County’s director of environmental services.

Benton was chosen by two Republican commissioners, David Madore and Tom Mielke, over the objection of Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart, who accused them of “political cronyism,” The Columbian reported Thursday ( ).

The Republicans said they bypassed typical hiring practices because they needed to fill the position quickly and it was unlikely a better candidate could be found. Madore said Benton could help the county become friendlier to Login to read more

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