Category Archives: Government Ethics Commission

Former charter school exec. director fined for ethics violations

The former executive director of Logos Public Charter School has agreed to pay fines associated with ethics violations. On August 10, 2018, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously to accept a settlement agreement with Joseph Vondoloski. The so-called “stipulated final order” includes a fine of $5,500. Source: Former charter school exec. director fined for […]
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Ex-Logos Public Charter School head faces $5,500 fine

A state ethics commission will decide Friday whether to fine the former executive director of Logos Public Charter School $5,500 for violating ethics laws when he signed a $1.5 million contract with the school a month after he had resigned. Joe VonDoloski, who said in May he would challenge the Oregon Government Ethics Commission’s “one-sided” […]
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Albany man files ethics complaint against commissioner

An Albany man has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, charging that Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey used his office to personally attack himself and his family because they had developed a medical marijuana operation near Lindsey’s home south of Lebanon. Source: Albany man files ethics complaint against commissioner | News | […]
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No outcome yet on Breidenthal inquiries

Q: A year or more ago there were some stories in the Mail Tribune about former Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal being investigated by the Oregon Ethics Commission. Did anything ever come of that? Either way, it would be nice to hear the outcome. A: Yes, it would be nice to hear the outcome, Tanya, but […]
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Lichatowich resigns as Port of St. Helens Commissioner

Port of St. Helens Commissioner Paulette Lichatowich has resigned. Port of St. Helens Commissioner Paulette Lichatowich has resigned. Executive Director of the Port of St. Helens, Doug Hayes, confirmed Friday afternoon that Port Commissioner Lichatowich has resigned – effective Friday, July 6. Lichatowich said she will provide a statement next week. Lichatowich, who lives in Columbia […]
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Ethics violation a warning to others

Disputed document receipt could have cost $10,000. A former Prairie City City Councilor recently admonished by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission cautions others to maintain a paper trail. Viola Rose was accused by the commission of failing to file annual statements of economic interest by April 15 as required in 2013 and 2015, but she […]
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Oregon Ethics Commission Considers Concealing, Destroying Public Recordings

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is supposed to be the watchdog for how public officials behave. They slapped big fines on former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, for breaching rules separating public service and private business. Ethics commissioners also review many lower-profile complaints involving teachers and bureaucrats — all with an eye toward protecting taxpayer resources. […]
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Ethics complaints lobbed at port commissioner

Brady Preheim files complaints with state ethics commission over Paulette Lichatowich’s expenses, meeting attendance. Port of St. Helens Commissioner Paulette Lichatowich is the subject of two complaints filed with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The complaints were filed by St. Helens resident and Scappoose business owner Brady Preheim. Preheim filed a complaint in May alleging […]
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Former Springfield city employee convicted in rent scheme; no restitution ordered

A former Springfield city employee has been found guilty of a crime in connection with an investigation that she had cost the city more than $61,000 by allowing relatives to live virtually rent-free in a city-owned house. A Lane County Circuit judge convicted Sophia Miriam Seban, 56, of second-degree official misconduct, a misdemeanor, after a […]
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Ethics Commission Shouldn’t Opine On Oregon Special Session, Director Says

Republicans angered by this week’s special Oregon legislative session have accused Gov. Kate Brown of playing politics in an election year. State ethics officials probably won’t wade into whether that’s true. Source: Ethics Commission Shouldn’t Opine On Oregon Special Session, Director Says