Lane County Fires Liane Richardson

Story last updated on August 6th, 2013 at 3:47 pm.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday morning to terminate the contract of county administrator Liane Richardson, after a county-ordered independent investigation into issues around her compensation had been completed.

A county employee, who remains unidentified, reported concerns around how Richardson was handling her compensation. Richardson told the board she had been converting her sick leave, vacation time and deferred compensation into pay, and had exceeded the maximum amount allowed for the year.

After reviewing and deliberating the findings of the independent investigation, the county found Richardson had violated county policy. According to the terms of Richardson’s contract, she is entitled to two weeks of pay and time management payouts as outlined in the Lane County Administrative Procedures Manual (Ch 3, Sec 34 (IV)(c)).

Alicia Hayes Photo Courtesy of Lane County

Alicia Hayes
Photo Courtesy of Lane County

Until further notice from the Board of Commissioners, Alicia Hayes will continue acting as county administrator.

Sid Leiken, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, released the following statement on behalf of the Board:

“Today, the Lane County Board of Commissioners reviewed the findings of the independent investigation regarding County Administrator Liane Richardson’s compensation. After this review, the Board has unanimously approved the termination of Ms. Richardson, effective today.

The independent investigation thoroughly examined all of the evidence. The independent investigation was conducted with urgency, but also with careful consideration of the confidentiality needed to protect the rights of all individuals involved. We continue to understand and respect these rights, and, after careful consideration with County Counsel, we cannot comment on the investigation itself.

County Commissioner Sid Leiken

Commissioner Sid Leiken delivers the 2013 State of the County address at the Lane County Courthouse.(Harris Hall)
Photo: Elizabeth Cully Prociw

I am profoundly disappointed by the facts that have brought us to this point. These actions do not reflect the values or judgment consistent with work here at the County.”

Prior to the announcement, a small group of people from Occupy Eugene staged a protest in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza advocating for Richardson’s firing. The group, and their offshoot organization, Eugene SLEEPS, have been calling for the firing of Richardson related to incidents last winter during which activists had been banned from the property, which is located in front of the Lane County Public Service Building.

“We were mostly out there to send a message that Liane had to go. Several of us spoke to the Commissioners during public comment and said as much, and this time they listened. Our theme was “Lane Doesn’t Need Liane”, and we’re glad that the message got through to our elected officials,” said Alley Valkyrie, activist with Occupy Eugene.

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