HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

For Wes Hare, appreciation and a raise

Written August 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

As it has in previous years, the Albany City Council has given City Manager Wes Hare another vote of confidence, along with a raise. This time, on Monday, it also presented him with a plaque and a $25 gift certificate from Fred Meyer.


Hare case: Small fine, huge principle

Written September 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany City Manager Wes Hare says he himself is paying the $75 civil penalty he was assessed for an alleged — but in my opinion unwarranted — election law violation even while the city council seeks to overturn the complaint in the Court of Appeals.


A twist, but Hare’s case goes on

Written September 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There’s been an unusual twist in the complaint against Albany City Manager Wes Hare over his alleged electioneering: A private citizen paid Hare’s $75 civil penalty or fine.


Hare’s case heads for appeal

Written June 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

An administrative law judge for the state Elections Division has upheld — big surprise! — the agency’s $75 fine against Albany City Manager Wes Hare for reminding voters last fall that an election was taking place. Now it’s up to the Oregon appellate courts to strike a blow for free speech, but also for common […]


Council resolves to fight ‘violation’

Written February 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing, and the principle is worth fighting for, the Albany City Council decided Wednesday. On Monday, the council had agreed that each of its seven members would send the Oregon secretary of state a $10.72 check to cover a $75 civil penalty imposed on City Manager […]


Albany issue: The council and the public

Written August 19th, 2013 by

At a work session on Monday, the city council in Albany talked at length about ways of encouraging greater public engagement in city issues and decisions. (The only agenda item was evaluating the city manager. The council praised Wes Hare for doing a great job and gave him a 3 percent raise, making his base salary […]


Albany bonds? Now’s the time

Written July 27th, 2013 by

Albany City Manager Wes Hare makes a good case for asking voters to authorize a bond issue to help finance new fire and police stations. These projects had been on the verge of going ahead about three years ago when Albany received $18.5 million in settlement of its lawsuit over PepsiCo’s planned but not-built Gatorade factory. But the council […]


 
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