Larry Kahl, a member of the Board of Directors of Behavioral Health Resources and former director of HarborCrest Behavioral Health Center will chair the group. “We will look carefully at the costs and benefits”, Kahl said. “This would be a small increase – one penny on ten dollars – but it has to be justified. If we can keep people out of jail and get them into recovery, we have a chance to lower costs in the long run.” 


The Task Force includes the following members:

Rob Atkinson, Grays Harbor Community Network

Dr. John Bausher, Public Health Officer

Judge Art Blauvelt, Montesano, Elma, and McCleary Municipal Court

Judge Steven Brown, County District Court

Dave Christensen, County Jail Superintendent

Troy Colley, Coastal Community Action Program

Kathy Crow, Mental Health Advisory Board

Steve Hall, Department of Social and Health Services

Alex Kluh, Business Owner

Stew Menefee, County Prosecutor

Jude Miniken, Roger Saux Clinic

Dave Murnen, Neighborworks

Jeff Myers, Hoquiam Police Chief

Greg Reynvaan, County Juvenile Department

Gary Rowell, Union Gospel Mission

Rick Scott, Undersheriff


The group plans to conduct about seven public meetings beginning on March 19 and continuing through June.  In addition to the task force meetings, the group expects to hold an evening forum in May to focus specifically on consumer and business issues and concerns.  The meeting schedule is available on the web at (click on the Community Task Force link) or in an alternate format by contacting Margi Slabaugh at (360) 532-8631 ext. 278.