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Recall Depositions

Posted on 11th February 2014 at 16:50

It appears that the background material for the recently filed and rejected recall petition against Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper may have come from someone in an upper-level position at the PUD. Today’s Daily News reports that they obtained copies of depositions taken from the petition filers, Bill Ammons, Chuck Wallace and Doug Irvine. In his sworn statement, Ammons says that someone dropped the first completed petition through the mail slot at his barber shop in Kelso. All three men say that they discussed the petition with PUD Commissioner Kurt Anagnostou before they filed it; they also speculate that the petition may have been drafted by Anagnostou, current PUD General Manager Don McMaster or PUD attorney Paul Brachvogel, because it “looked authentic.” It’s reported that the petition was based on the formal censure document that was levied against Piper last fall. Anagnostou tells TDN that he did see the petition before it was filed, but he denies writing it. McMaster also denies involvement, and Brachvogel reportedly hasn’t discussed the matter. The depositions were taken on February 3rd, in the office of Piper’s attorney. All three men point to Anagnostou as a source of information on proceeding with the petition. Piper says that these revelations opens a “Pandora’s Box,” and he’s now calling for an outside investigation, to see if state laws were violated. That issue will be discussed at this afternoon’s PUD Commission meeting. Superior Court Stephen Warning now has the depositions, and will rule in a future hearing if Piper will be awarded his attorney fees in this incident.