Ethics commission reprimands three treasury officers


The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will send letters of reprimand to three Oregon State Treasury investment officers.

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will send letters of reprimand to three Oregon State Treasury investment officers.

The decision is a middle course between dismissing complaints against them or concluding that they violated state ethics law.

A majority of the commission voted for the reprimands as a way to signal their displeasure with how the treasury in the past applied the law to travel expenses of the investment officers — policies that state Treasurer Ted Wheeler is in the process of changing.

But if the commission had found legal violations, which could have resulted in maximum penalties of $5,000 on each count, the officers could have challenged the findings in a more formal contested-case hearing — or in the state appellate courts.

“I wanted this to end,” said Larry Campbell of Eugene, a commission member and former legislator.

Read more at StatesmanJournal.com.

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