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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 12:16 AM

Relations Between Government and the Governed Reached a New Low When Multnomah County Commissioners

Relations Between Government and the Governed Reached a New Low When Multnomah County Commissioners Fired a Volunteer Panel


It was an unseasonable 91 degrees in Portland last June on the day Multnomah County officials locked Greg Anderson out.

Anderson was the chairman of a unique citizen committee created to connect county residents with county officials. But he and his two other committee leaders had been the subject of more than 30 complaintsócharging they had engaged in "unprofessional" and "disrespectful" behavior, bullying female colleagues and county staff.

That's how members of the Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee found themselves denied access to their meeting room at the county headquarters building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Anderson says a staffer for then-Commissioner Loretta Smith came to the rescue, opening a sixth-floor conference room for them.

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/01/30/relations-between-government-and-the-governed-reached-a-new-low-when-multnomah-county-commissioners-fired-a-volunteer-panel/

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