PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty to settle violations of state ethics law. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission meets Friday, and the settlement is on its agenda.
Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid allegations that his fiancee used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business. No criminal charges were filed, but the ethics panel determined that Kitzhaber violated state rules.
Meanwhile, the Oregonian newspaper has placed a six-figure lien against the Bend home of Cylvia Hayes, the fiancée of former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reports that The Oregonian filed the lien Jan. 11 in an effort to recoup a $124,837 judgment.
Hayes had tried to block the release of emails to The Oregonian. She lost and was ordered to pay attorney fees. Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid allegations that Hayes used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business.
The minutes from an Ethics Commission's session on February 16, which decided the findings against Kitzhaber, can be viewed below.
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