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Roseburg city councilor may face sanctions after controversial post

Ashley Hicks, who has been serving on the council since 2017, posted on Facebook advocating to build a homeless shelter on an empty property on General Avenue.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 7:06 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2020 10:32 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A member of the Roseburg City Council could be facing sanctions Monday night after other council members claim she took things too far on social media.

Ashley Hicks, who has been serving on the council since 2017, posted on Facebook advocating to build a homeless shelter on an empty property on General Avenue.

City officials said the post gained a lot attention from the community, specifically those who live in Shadow Ranch Mobile Park, which sits right across from the city-owned property.

They said the neighbors overwhelmed the council with concerns about the idea.

However, Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich said the council had never considered the idea in the first place. He said Hicks brought it up during a goal setting session and there were no seconds.

Rich said Hicks should’ve said she was expressing her personal opinion over Facebook.

“If you realize there’s panic going on at least get on Facebook and say, ‘Everyone, it was my idea,’” said Rich.

Rich said Hicks will be facing possible sanctions, including a restriction of official travel and a loss of commission assignments.
He said they will also ask Hicks to be more careful with her social media platforms.

According to public records, city council gave Hicks the opportunity to address the issues behind closed doors. However, she reportedly said she wanted to have the meeting in open session “so everyone can be held accountable to the public.”

KEZI 9 News reached out to Hicks for comment, but she did not get back to us.

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