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The Oregonian: Oregon Liquor Plot Thickens as Gov. John Kitzhaber Names Former Republican Lawmaker to OLCC

August 24, 2012


From The Oregonian:

Gov. John Kitzhaber has offered up a former Republican lawmaker to be the newest member of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, a move widely seen as part of his effort to get rid of the agency's longtime director Steve Pharo.

Kitzhaber asked Pharo to resign months ago, but he refused. An effort by the OLCC's five-member governing board to fire Pharo also failed when it became clear it was one vote short. Rob Patridge, who served three terms in the House, could provide the needed third vote.

"Certainly Rob and the other commissioners are well aware of the governor's concerns about the leadership of the OLCC," said Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael.

Attempts to reach Pharo were unsuccessful Thursday. OLCC Chairwoman Cassandra SkinnerLopata wouldn't comment on what the future holds for Pharo or whether the board would call a meeting soon to discuss firing him.

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