Oregon ethics panel OKs $20,000 fine for ex-Gov. Kitzhaber - KPTV - FOX 12

Oregon ethics panel OKs $20,000 fine for ex-Gov. Kitzhaber

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Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber (KPTV file image) Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber (KPTV file image)

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has voted to accept a settlement with John Kitzhaber that requires the former governor to pay a $20,000 fine for violating state ethics laws.

The Statesman Journal reports Kitzhaber attended Friday's meeting in Salem and expressed regret for his mistakes.

Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid allegations that fiancee Cylvia Hayes used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business. Though no criminal charges were filed, the ethics panel determined that Kitzhaber violated Oregon rules against conflicts of interest and using the office for private gain.

Kitzhaber faced a maximum fine of $50,000, but ethics cases are often negotiated for reduced settlements.

Commissioner David Fiskum says the settlement ends a sad chapter in Oregon's history.

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