Clark County Shark Tank

A county resident talked his way out of some free cash from Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke during the public comment period of the Oct. 30 county commissioner meeting.

Apparently, Dave Rogers had a deal in place with Mielke over testing some wells he’s worried about. It seems Mielke met with Rogers after a meeting two weeks back and said he would pay for some testing out of his own pocket.

But Rogers wasn’t happy with the time frame and started going after Mielke on Tuesday.

“Mielke, two weeks ago, you said that you would talk to the other commissioners and get the money and test the wells. You didn’t do that,” Rogers said, adding he promised some testing to another resident as well. “For the last three years we have listened to you about many things. North county should have no respect for you. You do not keep your promises.”

That’s when Mielke decided he’d heard enough.

“The conversation we had after the hearing here, I was going to pay out of my personal pocket the $127 to test the wells,” Mielke said. “But since you continue to come up here and do this, I guess we’ll go back and see if the county wants to do it. I’m not going to do it.”


“After I told you I was going to pay for it and take care of it, you go out and do a letter to the editor and blast me for not doing anything?” Mielke said. “You were supposed to get back together with me, we were supposed to go up there together and draw the water together, you never got back together with me.”

There was then some disagreement about what happened. And some glances exchanged to other commissioners.


The discussion then ended with Commissioner Marc Boldt declaring, “Okay, that’s enough.”

The full exchange can be found on Clark-Vancouver Television here.

Mielke might not be as flashy as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, but the whole exchange had a kind of “Shark Tank” vibe to it. That’s an ABC television show where Cuban offers up money to inventors and business owners, but yanks it away if they mess around with him too much.

Here’s the best clip of a “Shark Tank” Cuban I could find.

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle covers Clark County government for The Columbian. He can be followed on facebook at, on Twitter at @col_clarkgov or contacted by email at

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