Controversial CenCom assistant director resigns from post

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CenCom’s embattled assistant director resigned last week after the Kitsap County commissioners requested he relinquish his post.

Dave Magnenat, 40, was placed on administrative leave Nov. 24 when the board became aware of the contents of his personal weblog.

In these dispatches, he sharply criticized union officials, calling them, among other things, greedy.

Magnenat, who was leading negotiations with CenCom’s union, first came under fire when union president Lisa Thorsen brought the contents of his weblog to the attention of the public. At that time, Thorsen said it would be hard to continue negotiating with Magnanet.

As it turned out, the ratified contract was based on an offer presented while Magnenat was still at the table.

“These writings were my own,” he said before his suspension, “with opinions, fictions, bad poetry, creative writing and humor. It’s a pity to have that stuff taken out of context and have my personal writings dragged into the negotiations.”

But the commissioners felt these private expressions could not be ignored. Central Kitsap Commissioner Patty Lent said

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