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Letter: Regarding McLeod-Skinner and Phoenix

Published on September 11, 2018 4:27PM

To the Editor:

The upcoming election for our Second Congressional District is important, so I would like to set the record straight regarding some recent false information that has been made public by candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Setting the record straight has nothing to do with Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s political party affiliation.

As the mayor of the city of Phoenix, Oregon, I’ve become aware of misleading information being disseminated by McLeod-Skinner in an article in the East Oregonian newspaper, during a radio interview and in other areas. I have concerns for two specific statements. Jamie McLeod-Skinner was not, as she reported, “the eighth city manager of Phoenix, Oregon, in seven years.” Ms. McLeod-Skinner was the city’s third official city manager in 11 years. She was terminated by the Phoenix City Council after just four months.

Ms. McLeod-Skinner accuses the city of Phoenix of “fiscal mismanagement and inappropriate use of funds.” Ms. McLeod-Skinner publicly made similar false claims when the city terminated her employment. Of course, the city takes such accusations extremely seriously. The city, therefore, hired a distinguished city manager with over 30 years of experience and a CPA firm to investigate Ms. McLeod-Skinner’s outrageous claims. Independent and credible experts found McLeod-Skinner’s claims to be unfounded.

I encourage Ms. McLeod-Skinner to please stop misrepresenting her Oregon work experience. Our citizens and public servants deserve better.

Please understand that, as Phoenix’s mayor, I cannot emphasize enough how the city of Phoenix has always and will always be fully committed to open and appropriate use of public funds entrusted to the city by our hardworking taxpayers. My intent is to defend Phoenix and make the citizens of our community proud, as indeed we are here in the wonderful city of Phoenix, Oregon.

Chris Luz


Editor’s note: McLeod-Skinner’s campaign has released the following information about Phoenix: jamiefororegon.com/lets-talk-about-phoenix. City of Phoenix meeting minutes, including the March 8, 2017, council meeting at which she was terminated without cause, are available at phoenixoregon.gov.


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