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Celski's track record of service | Federal Way letters

Over the last several months, I have been observing the race for the Federal Way City Council position 5.

The differences between the candidates are much greater than are being reported in the paper. Jack Dovey has been a member of the city council for several years and as such, he is a true insider to the workings and biases of the council. He has been involved in many of the decisions that have and are impacting on the citizens of Federal Way. I say involved because from what I have been able to find in the public record, and again pointed out by the councilman himself at an October debate, he only goes along with everyone else. The attitude of, “if they’re for it, then so am I,” seems to be his motto.

One exception to this may be the Cascadia MedTech Association. He was an avid supporter of the city council’s supporting and funding this program, and he is very proud of the program. This is a great opportunity for the city and citizens of Federal Way. However, at the time this vote was cast, it is my understanding that Dovey was an active member on the board of this for-profit organization. I didn’t see anything about him refraining from voting, or refraining from legislating to get funding. This is unlike the other members of the council that recuse themselves on a regular basis when their business interests conflict with council business.

Bob Celski has a track record of selfless service to country, community and family. He took his obligation to service his country to heart, serving for over 13 years in the Army. Over the course of his career, Celski has had to make hard choices both as an officer in charge of the lives of his soldiers as well as in business, making major financial decisions. His decisions are always made with integrity and honor, a code he lives by.

Celski has always taken the path that may not have always provided professional gain or financial reward, but has always done the right thing for business or family. Celski’s track record is not as easy to follow as a city councilman’s, but his successes are hard to miss. His support of his son in his quest for the Olympics is perhaps the most visible to the public. He has the support of his community and his family; he is recognized in the business community for his solid business skills and decision making ability. He can and does make hard choices. His ability to analyze a business decision from a solidly grounded ethical point of view will be a breath of fresh air in city government.

Rich Garmong, Federal Way

Editor's note: In 2009, the city council authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with the nonprofit organization called EnterpriseSeattle for a feasibility study for medical device innovation in Federal Way. The for-profit Cascadia MedTech was formed in 2010. The city council has not taken action or voted in regards to Cascadia MedTech, according to the city attorney.




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