Government Ethics board deadlocks on former commissioner's case

      EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Government Ethics Commission deadlocked last week on a complaint filed against former Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy in May 2012.

      Commission investigators had recommended the board dismiss the complaint against Handy, who lost a re-election bid to Pat Farr. The complaint was filed around the same time ballots went out to voters.

      With 6 of 7 commissioners present, the board failed to get a 4-vote majority to approve the staff recommendation to dismiss the charges.

      The board also failed to muster 4-votes to continue the process against Handy.

      Under Oregon law, the commission has until Wednesday to either dismiss or continue the investigation.

      The complaint questioned Handy's use of donations from individuals to pay off his personal liability for a successful lawsuit against the Lane County Commission for violating public meetings law