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Two Troutdale employees resign from city jobs


Dick Bohlmann and Rich Faith resign after being on paid leave for one year

The two Troutdale employees who have been on paid administrative leave since February and March 2013 no longer have jobs with the city.

Rich Faith, community development director, and Dick Bohlmann, building official, have both resigned their employment with the city, said Troutdale City Manager Craig Ward.

“The City reached individual agreements with Rich and Dick, under which their resignations each became effective February 16,” Ward said.

The two employees were placed on paid leave following city and state investigations into the controversial structure former mayor Jim Kight had built on his property.

In October, the state’s Building Code Division found Bohlmann in violation of state law for failing to follow proper procedure in his work in not only the Kight property, but other projects he inspected for Troutdale.

The city reacted with surprise and disappointment, but did not reach a decision on how to respond to the findings.

At the time, results of investigations into Rich Faith’s role in the matter was not known. Ward was quoted in an Oct. 15 Outlook article saying, “Mr. Faith’s situation is not related to the state’s actions and will be addressed separately.”

While restricted from the office, both employees received normal paychecks, despite being able to perform limited functions for the city.

Bohlmann earned an estimated $83,196 a year and Faith earned $102,108, according to the Troutdale city manager.

The city requested a state review in August 2012, following concerns the Troutdale City Council raised about the structure on Kight’s property adjacent to his home on Jackson Park Road.

The structure originally proposed was a 768-square-foot garden shed, but ultimately what was constructed was a 2,013-square-foot building with a basement.

The council said Kight misled city staff and took advantage of the city’s permitting process to get the building approved even though it violates city codes by being a house with an unfinished basement, two offices, a bathroom and a kitchen.

Kight emphatically insisted the building was a city-approved, legal accessory structure, that did not qualify as a house.

The city’s investigation was forwarded to numerous government agencies that oversee everything from zoning to state licensure of city officials to flood-plain issues.

Those agencies conducted their own investigations into Kight’s structure and the process under which it was permitted and built. It was those investigations that resulted in Bohlmann and Faith being placed on leave.

Based on the state’s determination in October that the structure Kight built is in fact a “dwelling” and violates federal and city codes, the city required Kight bring the structure into compliance.