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Tue., April 2, 2013, 3:11 p.m.

Commish Does About Face On Adams

Sounds as though the Kootenai County commissioners have changed their minds re: firing respected Public Defender John Adams. A news release sent to Huckleberries moments ago reads in part:

Concerning the current public defender, John Adams, it has been brought to the attention of the Board as a whole that Mr. Adams is undergoing serious health issues.  Mr. Adams told Commissioner Tondee certain facts concerning his health but specifically requested that Commissioner Tondee not reveal that conversation to Commissioners Green or Nelson.  Since learning of these facts, the Board as a whole has decided that it is in the best interests of all concerned, including the County and Mr. Adams, that the previously passed Resolution be superseded to eliminate the reference to expiration of the term of the public defender. 

Question: The news release backs into the key subject -- the retention of Public Defender John Adams. I think I'm reading between the lines correctly -- that the commissioners have reversed themselves on firing Adams. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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