Board censures Mark Shull

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Oregon City, OR – Jan. 14, 2021: Today the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners formally censured Mark Shull, including calling for his resignation.

The resolution of censure text, passed 5-0 by the full commission, can be found below.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IN THE MATTER OF CENSURE OF NEWLY-ELECTED COMMISSIONER MARK SHULL

Whereas, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners prides itself in serving as the governing body of an organization that provides a multitude of critical public services to more than 400,000 of its residents; and

Whereas, in the provision of these services, and our representational democracy, the Board of County Commissioners finds that it is imperative that these services be provided to all residents fairly and even-handedly without bias based on gender, race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, disability, marital status, source of income, or sexual orientation (including gender identity); and

Whereas, in 2015 the Board of County Commissioners affirmed its commitment to valuing diversity, equity and inclusion in Clackamas County by adopting Resolution No. 2015-96, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated by this reference herein; and

Whereas, recently, we all have learned of certain comments posted on social media by Mark Shull, a newly-elected County Commissioner; and

Whereas, the posted comments are derogatory, offensive, insensitive, and racist; and

Whereas, by these statements, Commissioner Shull has imputed to Clackamas County a reputation of racist, sexist, and religious insensitivity and intolerance; and

Whereas, by these statements, Commissioner Shull has damaged the reputation of Clackamas County both as an organization and a governmental entity; and

Whereas, Commissioner Shull’s statements and opinions are detrimental to the trust and confidence of the residents of Clackamas County and the Board of Commissioners’ ability to ensure the delivery of services to the County’s residents; and

Whereas, as a result of this conduct, the Board of County Commissioners has lost trust and confidence in Commissioner Shull and his ability to continue to provide leadership;

NOW, THEREFORE; BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THAT:

Section 1: The Board of County Commissioners condemns and denounces the derogatory, offensive, insensitive, and racist statements posted on social media by Commissioner Mark Shull. This Resolution constitutes official censure of Commissioner Mark Shull for his conduct described herein; and

Section 2: It is the consensus of the Board of County Commissioners that it is in the best interest of Clackamas County that Commissioner Mark Shull resign his Commission post effective immediately.