EUGENE, Ore. — Just a day after Lane County announced it’s seeking an investigation into its county administrator, there’s already a lot of feedback and confusion from the community. Commissioners say people have questioned the investigation into former County Administrator Liane Richardson. She took voluntary leave after an employee raised concerns about how she was handling her own pay.
Richardson emailed the board saying she’d been converting her paid vacation, sick leave and deferred compensation to immediate payments. When an employee questioned the matter, it was discovered she’d exceeded the maximum amount for the year. County counsel Steve Dingle has been appointed to hire an outside investigation team, while Commissioner Patt Farr says this is a process that they take seriously.
“It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate to the public that as a county commission we are able to take care of even the most difficult situations that arise and that we are going to uphold the public trust and the public confidence in the job that we’re going to do,” Farr said.
The outside investigation is expected to be finished quickly, and the report will then be delivered and deliberated by the board on August 6.