The Portland Bureau of Development Services has reacted to charges that employees took long lunch breaks in a restaurant.

The name of the employees, details of the complaint or specifics about the reaction were not released. A bureau officials responded to a request for additional information by saying, "the infornation is confidential."

Without disclosing any additional information, Mayor Charlie Hales issued a statement which said, “The city has policies and bureau-specific work rules regarding use of work time and city resources. These are routinely communicated to employees. In this particular matter the bureau did exactly what it is supposed to — it conducted a prompt investigation into allegations of misuse and is taking appropriate steps to remedy this situation. While I can not discuss employee discipline matters, I support the actions taken by the bureau.”

In addition, BDS Director Paul Scarlett issued a statement which said, “The reason this is coming to light now is because the Bureau of Development Services undertook the investigation, interviewed the employees, and is taking appropriate action."

Among other things, BDS issues building permits and inspects construction projects to ensure compliance with building codes.

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