- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) - A northern Oregon county district attorney is denying allegations made in an ethics complaint accusing him of conflicts of interest, retaliation and soliciting sex from a county employee.

The Dalles Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1czTZ7a) legal counsel for Wasco County filed the complaint with the state bar against District Attorney Eric Nisley last month.

Of the eight violations Nisley is accused of, four are related to an investigation into the head of a department in retaliation for her turning down his sexual advances.

He said the 2011 incident was a tasteless joke that he apologized for.

“I did not commit a crime or violate an ethics rule,” he said.

He says the overbroad subpoena initially issued against the county as part of that investigation was never fulfilled. A narrower subpoena was filed, and Nisley says the investigation is ongoing.

“In the matter being investigated, the records subpoenaed related specifically to potential misappropriation of county funds by a certain county official,” he said.

Nisley says the ethics complaint “seems to be political payback” as his wife sought a county commission seat.

The complaint says Nisley violated ethics rules by handling a public records request related to his wife’s 2014 election campaign. He told the county to release the records at no cost rather than the $1,200 that would have been charged.

Nisley denies the opinion he issued in December had any bearing on the November 2014 election.


Information from: The Dalles Chronicle, https://www.thedalleschronicle.com



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