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City parking manager says he didn't take kickbacks

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City parking manager Ellis McCoy, who is on leave after the FBI raided his apartment and office yesterday, insisted today all city parking deals were made fairly and he denied allegations that he took bribes from contractors.

"I have not taken kickbacks to influence any contracts with the city of Portland," McCoy said in a one-on-one interview with FOX 12. "The contracts that are in place are all aboveboard."

Federal agents were seen removing boxes from McCoy's home Wednesday morning. While he is the target of a federal investigation, the FBI and the Department of Justice have not elaborated on what they seized during the search warrants at the downtown Portland office building and at McCoy's Hillsboro home.

McCoy said he never once misled the city council or management.

"The contracts that are in place provide us with the best service," he said.

McCoy said it was "traumatic and upsetting" to see federal agents move in on his home and office yesterday. He said it was emotional for himself and his family.

"I'm embarrassed that I've caused this for the city of Portland the citizens of Portland because I think I provided the city with great service over the years," he said. "I would do nothing to jeopardize my reputation."

Years ago, city parking employees raised concerns that McCoy was taking bribes, according to a tort claim notice filed on McCoy's behalf in 2008.

The tort claim, which is a notice of intent to sue, called the allegations made by parking employees "harassment."

McCoy said he decided not to pursue the tort claim because he had an ethical problem with suing his employer.

"Ethically, I couldn't follow through," he said.

McCoy was also the focus of a city ethics investigation in 2008 after he was accused of accepting gifts from contractors.

McCoy wouldn't comment further on the current federal investigation and never said whether federal agents questioned him yesterday. He said the people of Portland should have no problems with the parking system currently in place.

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