As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month.
A WW cover story last year described the ways in which McCaig, who in addition to advising Kitzhaber, draw a paycheck from the engineering firm David Evans and Associates, the top contractor on the CRC.
Here's the letter for Ethic Commission investigator Deborah Tuss seeking more time:
"The public of this memorandum is to request that he investigative phase of the complaint against Patricia McCaig be continued for an additional 30 days for the purpose of additional fact-finding as allowed by ORS 244.260(6)(d)(B).
As you know, this case was initiated after the Commission received a signed written complaint from Mitchell Copp. Mr. Copp alleged that Patricia McCaig, Assistant to the Office of the Governor and the Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia River Crossing Project, may have violated Oregon Lobbying Regulation law and Oregon Government Ethics law.
The investigative phase for this case was initiated on July 12, 2013 and will expire after 180 days on January 8, 2014. Currently, the Commission is scheduled to meet on January 3, 2014 and February 14, 2014.
Additional time is needed to conduct fact-finding specific to the issues identified in the preliminary review and it will not be possible to have the investigative report completed in time for the meeting of the Commission scheduled for January 3, 2014. The investigative phase expires by law on January 8, 2014. If the Commission would authorize continuing the investigative phase for an additional 30 days, this matter could be ready for final action on February 7, 2014 at a special meeting of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission."
Ethics Commission Director Ron Bersin says the commission will address the McCaig matter at its next regularly scheduled meeting, on Feb. 14, rather than holding a special meeting.