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State dismisses complaints against Troutdale councilor

The Oregon Ethics Commission has dismissed an ethics complaint against Troutdale City Councilor Glenn White.

The commission held a preliminary hearing on the allegations and found that information does not support claims by Gresham developer Brian Lessler that alleged White committed two ethics violations — accepting gifts and failing to disclose a conflict of interest.

“The mere existence of a particular situation or set of circumstances, such as holding an elected position and owning properties, does not create a conflict of interest as defined by Oregon Government Ethics law,” according to hearing documents.

Lessler told The Outlook when he filed the complaint in January that he had heard the rumors and only sought to see if they were true. White dismissed them as a political attack because Lessler, president of Persimmon Development Group, is working on projects for Troutdale businessman Junki Yoshida.

The allegations included the claim that White accepted gifts for his daughter’s wedding without disclosing them, as well as failing to disclose his conflict of interest during City Council floodplain discussions. White owns property on the Sandy River near the floodplain.

The complaint was reviewed and dismissed Feb. 26.

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