Former parking manager hit with bribery charge


Federal prosecutors filed information in U.S. District Court Thursday charging that former Portland parking operations manager Ellis K. McCoy accepted bribes from companies doing business with the city.

U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall claimed in the information that from June 2004 to July 2011 the 60-year-old McCoy accepted about $124,000 in cash and gifts and travel of undetermined value in connection with his management of the city's smart parking meter program.

The criminal charge is the result of a lengthy investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service into McCoy's relationship with Cale Parking Systems of Florida.

On Aug. 10, FBI and IRS agents searched McCoy's home in Hillsboro and his Bureau of Transportation office in Portland.

McCoy, who denied any wrongdoing in the case, was placed on administrative leave in August. He resigned his city position Sept. 2.

McCoy is scheduled for a federal court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Mayor Sam Adams said he was 'deeply saddened' by the charge and pledged to continue cooperating with the federal bribery investigation.

'This is a city and state that prides itself on clean government, and has thousands of dedicated, hardworking public servants,' Adams said Thursday.