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Mallams: Ethics complaint was for harassment. Commission determines there was no merit to ethics violation claim about county proclamation
This elected Klamath Irrigation District Board also claims I was using my position as a public officer, using public funds and facilities for my personal benefit.Its claim is that in the Klamath adjudication my irrigation water was shut off and the proclamation was an attempt to have the court allow me to turn my water back on.
This elected board not only missed the published meeting notices and agendas, but also somehow missed the very simple fact that our irrigation water was never even shut off. My wife and I made a simple business decision many years ago to drill a well so we would have the option of irrigating from the river or a well.In short, there was no personal benefit to be realized. We are still irrigating. I have a very hard time believing that this board or its attorney had absolutely no knowledge of these facts before filing this claim. (Only three of the five board members voted to file this complaint.)
In a letter dated Sept. 4, six days before the recent Herald and News article was published on this ethics complaint, the Government Ethics Commission declared: “The commission has taken no action on the submitted material.”According to the Ethics Commission, this meant the “complaint had no merit,” and the commission was not even going to open it up.
This effort is an obvious vain attempt to harass me as an elected official, trying to defame and slander me personally for purely political motives.But as always, I will continue to do what the citizens of Klamath County elected me to do, which is to gather the facts and be willing and able to make the hard decisions required to help Klamath County not only survive but thrive in these troubling times.
The continual positive calls, emails, letters and personal comments are more rewarding than I ever imagined possible. I enjoy each and every day and each and every challenge. I thank every citizen for this opportunity to continue serving all of Klamath County.
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