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Water board recall complaints rejected

Add two more complaint dismissals to the ongoing battle between factions on the Clackamas River Water’s governing board.

With two election deadlines next week, both factions took a hit: Naomi Angier, chief petitioner for Commissioner Patricia Holloway’s recall election, was cleared of alleged election-law violations, while Holloway and Commissioner Grafton Sterling were cleared of allegations of political retaliation against Vance Voyles, CRW’s procurement and conservation coordinator.

Ballots are due to elections officials for Holloway’s recall election on March 19, and March 21 is the deadline for candidates to file for three other seats on the water commission.

James Pappas, investigator for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, wrote in a letter to Voyles dated Feb. 27 that there wasn’t substantial evidence of an employment-law violation. Pappas argued that Holloway and Sterling, as a “minority faction” on the board, didn’t have the power to retaliate against Voyles’ job for the water district.

“Holloway and Sterling had no individual authority to initiate employment actions,” Pappas wrote.

Voyles had written to the state agency in March 2012 alleging that he had been subjected to a “hostile work environment” as payback for whistleblowing.

Holloway and Sterling submitted complaints to the secretary of state’s Elections Division in January alleging that Angier violated election law in her recall petitions against them.

In response to the state’s subsequent inquiry Angier explained the basis for each of the statements she made in arguing for their recalls.

“After a review of the information submitted, the Elections Division has found insufficient evidence to indicate you knowingly made false statements,” wrote Alana Cox, state election-law compliance specialist, back to Angier in a letter dated Feb. 27. “The main information sources for the statements were Oregonian articles, as well as other sources.”

Since the elections complaint against her was filed, Angier has always expected it would be dismissed. Sterling said he was stunned by the Oregon Election Division’s decision to allow Angier to repeat “fish wrap” allegations in a legitimate recall petition.



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