Friday, September 27, 2013

Will Council Appointment Produce an "Ethics Investigation?"

To ALL COLA LO Members,

This week under a cloud of controversy the city council voted 4-1 to appoint a new city councilor.   Several councilors complained about the process during the meeting and one abstained from the vote. 

Most of the discord was generated by allegations of "coercion & corruption"   in the final vote directed specifically at Councilor Skip O'Neill but also others.  

Councilor O'Neill's comments were published in the LO Review as:

However, addressing the accusations about coercion, O'Neill said, “There are people in Lake Oswego willing to go to new lows. And there are some that can walk with their heads high and others that can’t.”

The article can be found at:   City Council Appoints.   

The Oregonian also published details in its article Accusations of a corrupt selection process.

It will be interesting to see if the rancor over the process produces a complaint and ethics investigation similar to one conducted during the Hoffman administration and one recently conducted over disclosure of confidential information. 

Complaints are filed with the State of Oregon  at Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

It will be interesting to see what the community thinks about all of this.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

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