- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Ten hours of recorded conversations between the general manager of a Eugene utility and a board member were put on a CD and distributed without either person’s knowledge.

The conversations between Emerald People’s Utility District manager Scott Coe and Katherine Schacht of its board of directors were recorded from January to August.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1tsvzCz ) Coe and Schacht were recorded discussing other board members and strategies Coe might use to get a raise.

The EPUD records all calls at its headquarters.

Coe offered to resign, but the board declined his offer and instead put him on probation for six months.

Agency expenses have outstripped revenue every year since at least 2010, and EPUD has had to dip into its cash reserves to make up the difference.

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