The Daily Astorian reported
today that former state Rep. Larry Galizio
(D-Tigard) has been named the president of Clatsop Community College
in Astoria. The Astorian
also noted that one board member, Larry Sparks, resigned and
"called the president selection process 'politicized' and 'corrupted.'''
Sparks, a semi-retired aerospace consultant, lives in Cannon Beach. He was appointed in September 2006 and later elected to his position in May 2007. He said he thought the selection process had been rigged from the beginning, starting with Galizio's introduction to the board by state Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, in early April at the start of the process. He said he believes the board reached a consensus long before the finalists were selected.
Observers of the Oregon Legislature will remember that during the 2009 session, Galizio reversed
his position on a controversial bill regarding the Metolius River basin, where Johnson owns a large riverfront property.
Galizio's switch enabled Johnson and her allies to pass legislation blocking proposed resort developments in the fragile Metolius basin. Following the legislative session, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a supporter of the Metolius bill, helped Galizio — a former instructor at Portland Community College — get a job
with the Oregon University System. Both men denied the position was a quid pro quo for Galizio's Metolius vote.
Clatsop County is in Johnson's legislative district.