EUGENE, Ore. — Liane Richardson is now officially the former Lane County Administrator. The board of commissioners made the unanimous decision Tuesday.
Lane County commissioners spent nearly two hours in a private discussion before they finally came to a decision. They say it has not been an easy process and it’s not over just yet.
People were out early Tuesday morning at the Lane County Public Service Building, voicing their distaste for a number of government happenings including the continued payment of Richardson. The highlight of the public comments portion of the morning’s commissioner
“I’ve never heard more public outrage at a public official anywhere, ever, and I’m from New York City. I met a man in the library yesterday, 79 years old, lifetime resident of Lane County, says Liane Richardson is the most corrupt public official he’s ever seen in his entire life,” said Lane County resident Alley Valkyrie.
The first portion of the meeting didn’t last long before the board decided to break for their private discussion.
“The Lane County Board of Commissioners will now meet in executive session,” said Sid Leiken, Board of Commissioners Chair.
The board spent nearly two hours discussing and reviewing the independent investigators findings. The report showed Richardson violated county policy regarding her pay. Giving them cause for termination.
Per the terms of her contract, Richardson’s entitled to two weeks of pay and accumulated paid vacation and sick leave. The board says it can’t say much now, but it hopes the public sees it’s trying to do right by them.
“It’s not based on hearsay; it’s based on actual facts. And as we go forward, everything’s got to be in order and you know I think people have an expectation that we make sure we get the process right and that’s my expectation as well,” Leiken said.
Little will be said about what the next move will be. The board says this is all in an effort to protect all the parties involved.
In the meantime, Alicia Hays, Director of Health and Human Services, will continue to serve as acting administrator.
Leiken, posted this video explaining more about the board’s decision.