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AROUND OREGON: Oregon Ethics Commission reviews allegations against Baker County commissioner

BAKER CITY - The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday, June 11 to make a preliminary finding that Bill Harvey, chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners, violated state ethics laws last year.

A member of the Ethics Commission, Sean O’Day, told Harvey, who participated in the meeting by phone, as did Ethics Commission members, that he hopes the Commission will “emphasize education” rather than taking punitive action against Harvey.

“I have a great appreciation for rural Oregon, and the job of a county commissioner is a difficult one,” O’Day . . .