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Tue Aug 27, 2019, 08:24 AM

Clackamas County commissioner broke ethics rules; gets 2 'letters of education' instead of fine

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has voted to send Clackamas County Board of Commission Chairman Jim Bernard “letters of education” instead of a fine for two ethics violations in 2017.

The ethics commission found that Bernard broke state ethics laws when he used his official position to urge county leaders to hand over records to his wife for a possible lawsuit against the county.

Bernard is married to Danielle Cowan, executive director of Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

The ethics agency opened an investigation into Bernard last year after receiving a complaint from the now-retired county Treasurer Shari Anderson.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/2019/08/clackamas-county-commissioner-broke-ethics-rules-gets-2-letters-of-education-instead-of-fine.html

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