Commissioner Doug Breidenthal’s being questioned by county auditor

Jackson County, Ore. — The Jackson County auditor is taking issue with some of Commissioner Doug Breidenthal’s comments, as Breidenthal remains under an ethics investigation.

County auditor Erik Spivack issued an open letter to the county regarding his choice to file the ethics complaint against Breidenthal. Spivack says he’s concerned by some factually incorrect statements made by the commissioner, statements he believes are misleading. One point is in regards to this statement issued by Breidenthal last week.

He wrote, “It is unfortunate that the Jackson County administrator did not take the time to fully research and understand these laws before he directed staff to file the complaint…”

Spivack is firing back, saying, “As county auditor, I made the decision to file the complaint and I expressed that decision while in a closed-door meeting with the county administrator and county counsel. After hearing my explanation as to why I believed the complaint should be filed, the county administrator agreed with and supported my decision.”

Breidenthal is accused of breaking state ethics laws and misusing public funds. Accusations, Bredienthal says, have no merit. The Oregon government ethics commission now has 180 days to decide.

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