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CRW OKs policies for official conduct

Clackamas River Water’s Board met in high spirits last week with only the three commissioners whom voters had favored on the May ballot in attendance; they unanimously green-lighted policies for board conduct to be formally adopted next month.

Board members embraced making progress on their business after Commissioner Pat Holloway’s recall in March and lingering legal challenges.

David McNeel, who was appointed on June 12 from the Budget Committee to fill Holloway’s seat, and Commissioner Grafton Sterling were absent. Former Commissioner Warren Mitchell, who with Sterling attempted to unseat board members in May, is still fighting the county in court over election results, even though the decisive election results have already been notarized by the elections clerk.

In addition to public reprimands against Holloway and Sterling, board members have also barred commissioners from remuneration in representing CRW on other boards or subcommittees. Board members barred Holloway from executive sessions, citing unauthorized release of confidential information.

General Manager Lee Moore worked to create an example, using his own writing and a template code of conduct. Although CRW attorneys have advised such sanctions are legal, Moore mentioned that “it would help” to adopt a formal policy to reference during challenges.

The board majority had just come out of an executive session on July 24 to report that they had given Moore a positive review.

“Most of us are better critics than we are implementers,” Moore said to chuckles from commissioners.

Commissioner Ken Humberston noted that he generally supported the code of conduct as written.

“We expect a high level of professional conduct from our staff and we should expect no less from ourselves,” he said.



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