- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon ethics commission has ruled that the Josephine County Board of Commissioners violated the state’s public meeting laws.

The Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1PUKYHj ) that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission says the Josephine board held closed-door sessions without proper justification.

Former county commissioner Sandi Cassanelli filed a complaint in January. The ethics commission says county commissioners Keith Heck, Cherryl Walker and Simon Hare violated state law by discussing general county policies in three closed meetings that month and once in February. Walker was absent from the February meeting.

Commissioners can appeal the findings at a hearing or negotiate a settlement. Ethics Commission Executive Director Ron Bersin says most officials decide to settle by paying a fine and attending training.

Walker and Heck say the commissioners did nothing wrong.


Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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