Response from, Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen

Mrs. Murphy forwarded the following email response to me. The following email, from Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen, is in response to Lori’s recent email to the Whatcom County Council, the County Executive and other elected and appointed officials in Whatcom County. The purpose of the email was to communicate her point of view of Bill Elfo’s actions with them, a letter she wrote to Bill Elfo and to advise them of where to find further information. The central point of the communication, I think, was to advise them of ethically corrupt actions within the WCSO, hopefully to inform them of things that they would not otherwise not likely hear from Elfo himself. At least that’s my take on it. Lori is right when she stated that they might already be familiar with me and that I might already be a thorn in their side (lol). I’ve been hammering the topic of Whatcom County’s involvement with the United Nations affiliated NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) known as ICLEI and ICLEIUSA for some time now and the links and goals are stunning, frankly. Having said that, the response from Kremen is baffling and incoherent. The entire context of Lori’s communication is about her well founded concerns about Elfo’s leadership and over ethical matters within the WCSO, which is still a Whatcom County government department of the County Executive branch that Pete Kremen is responsible for overseeing last time I checked. The ICLEI comment was essentially Lori’s written shrug and “What can I say…” defense of me and a detached sideline characterization of yours truly. By the way Pete, I hear ya… *wink*. ICLEI and ICLEI USA are about as detached and removed from the United Nations as a local Chevy dealership is from General Motors. They are BOTH selling a product in the US, and the product terms of use are legally binding when you sign that contract, which you did. So the word games, non-profit NGO’s, Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) and corporate shell game canards are interesting, but irrelevant to the discussion. The fact is that they are BOTH promoting and urging the implementation of a United Nations agenda, which is very well documented, in the United States and bypassing constitutional mechanisms, all of which is occurring without a vote or any say by We The People, and wholly unaccountable to any traditional American processes and bypasses the United States Congress and the Washington State Legislature entirely!

I can understand not wanting to respond directly to the allegations without getting more information, or further review, but to ignore it completely? Wow. Not so much as an “I was unaware. Let me check into it and get back to you.”? On top of that, to go off on a completely unrelated ICLEI tangent? Double wow. This is a serious matter that has affected us personally and the life of at least one young girl that I’m aware of. It’s disturbing to me that it was completely ignored by the one person that should’ve been there to offer, at the very least, a message of support, ideally stepping up and showing true leadership. Pete, can we get a comment about the information Lori provided to you, the County Executive of Whatcom County and defacto supervisor of all county departments, including the WCSO?

Regards, P. R. Murphy PS. If you are so inclined, you can read more about ICLEI and UN Agenda 21 here: Or on my Facebook page dedicated to exposing the same:


Now, without further adieu… Kremen’s response follows on the next page.

From: Pete Kremen [] Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:59 AM To: Lori K. Murphy Cc: Barbara Brenner; Bill Knutzen; Carl Weimer; Kathy Kershner; Sam Crawford; Tony Larson Subject: Re: corruption at WCSO

Dear Mrs. Murphy: Thank you for your email. I just wanted to clarify your comment regarding ICLEI. Whatcom County is a member of ICLEI USA, which is a separate non-profit organization from ICLEI Global. Here are the different mission statements according to their websites: "ICLEI USA:

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a membership association of local governments committed to advancing climate protection and sustainable development. At ICLEI USA our mission is to build, serve, and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability." "ICLEI GLOBAL: ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions. ICLEI's general mandate is to build an active and committed municipal membership of local spheres of government (local and regional governments and authorities) as well as international, regional, national and sub-national local government associations." ICLEI USA is not a United Nations agency or controlled by the U.N. in any way. It is an independent nonprofit association.

Sincerely, Pete Kremen

>>> "Lori K. Murphy" 4/11/2011 9:53 PM >>> April 11, 2011 Dear Council Members & County Exec. Pete Kremen, I’m sending you an e-mail that I’ll be sending to Sheriff Elfo. He’s up for reelection and there are things that have happened under his charge that need to have the light of day shed on them. There’s a reason that two of his own deputies are running against him. Some of you are familiar with my husband, Paul Murphy. He may in fact be a thorn in your side as he is adamantly opposed to the county’s agreement with ICLEI, a sub-organization of the United Nations. What can I say; he’s a fierce researcher and not shy about letting his opinions be known. He is also honorable and trustworthy. If you were ever the victim of a crime, you could count on him to do his utmost to help you, regardless of where you stand politically. I have written a couple of letters explaining in depth the situation regarding Steve Cooley and have posted them on Scribd an online publishing site: Along with the letters I’ve posted the documents that support my allegations. As public servants and fellow citizens of Whatcom County, I hope you’ll take the time to read them. With thanks, Lori K. Murphy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Sheriff Elfo, For reasons unknown, you have chosen to wrong my husband, Paul Murphy. You started on this path over five years ago, after my husband turned in an information memo about then Sgt. Steve Cooley. The investigation showed that the allegations against Deputy Cooley were sustained. He provided alcohol to a minor. He abused his position of authority. He failed to conduct his private life morally. He “sullied” his private life. He was punished and then you promoted him to Patrol Lieutenant and put my husband back on patrol. My husband sincerely hoped that Lt. Cooley would put the past behind him, i.e. not get back at my husband for reporting him. As you well know, that did not happen. It flies in the face of reason that you promoted Steve Cooley merely because he was remorseful for his actions. In your capacity as Sheriff, you fired Andy Koch for making a lewd, crude remark in public to a woman who was not his wife. Somehow, that seems rather minor in comparison to what Deputy Cooley did and yet, Andy got fired. It’s not relevant that the firing was contested and that your office settled out of court for wrongful firing. It’s an example of a blatant application of different standards to different individuals. Lt. Ferry was fired for alleged sexual harassment of an intern but Sgt. Cooley doesn’t get fired for his misdeeds? Chief Moyes got demoted all the

way down to sergeant for misappropriating a water cooler bottle (that’s what I’ve heard) but Sgt. Cooley didn’t get demoted back to patrol deputy? In my opinion, such actions are not just an example of a double standard but are a reflection of corruption. That’s my letter posted on a social network, my opinion, my writing stating that there is corruption within the WCSO. Paul has spent the past five years in a hostile work environment thanks to you. He is an honorable man, hardworking, intelligent and exceedingly thorough. We’ve been married for over 26 years so I’m a credible witness about his character. He did not go public with the information about Steve Cooley. That was me. I’ve reached the breaking point. I will do my best to inform the public of your actions. You have no idea how stressful the last five years have been and this last internal investigation against Paul was a mockery of justice. I mean, “Chief Cooley” conducted the interview. How could anyone think that Cooley would be able to regard Paul without malice or bias? Cooley would have to be a saint to rise above those feelings and he’s already demonstrated that sainthood is not on his “to do” list. As a lifelong, fourth generation county resident, I don’t want a Sheriff who promotes a man with such low morals and unethical behavior as Steve Cooley. I don’t want a Sheriff who will tell a lie about one of his deputies by telling people that “Paul was blowing it out of proportion” in regards to Cooley’s malfeasance. The memo of discipline against Cooley backs up everything Paul claimed. Therefore, your subsequent actions are not only inexplicable but are those of a man without integrity. You should be ashamed of yourself. It is my request, that you withdraw your candidacy for Sheriff. I think that like Undersheriff James, Deputies Barriball, Smith, Huntoon and others, it is time for you to retire from law enforcement. Sincerely, Lori K. Murphy

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