OSBEELS Board Administrator Mari Lopez Placed On Administrative Leave
Mari Lopez, Board Administrator for the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) was placed on administrative leave in November. This information is just now being reported due to information released last week which contains the minutes of a special meeting held just before Thanksgiving.
The released documents say that there is an investigation in process in regards to "contract and banking issues and employee attendance"and that Lopez will remain on non-disciplinary leave until the board receives a report about the investigation as well as legal advice.
This latest situation is yet another strike against OSBEELS, who has been under fire over how it handled a situation with Mats Jarlstrom in regards to his use of the word "engineer", free speech, and other issues stemming from that.
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If Ms. Lopez was place on leave in November that means she was not in the office directing things when the Jarlstrom ruling came in and the subsequent Allen Alley email incident happened. Just who is in charge over there?
The story went from bad to worse.
Ms. Lopez would have had nothing, beyond an administrative function, to do with the Jarlstrom thing from the start. This latest thing is a totally separate matter.
I'm satisfied that the board's rulings in Jarlstrom stemmed from a literal reading and rote enforcement of the letter of the statute. The some long ago legislature passed a bad law - probably on the recommendation of the Professional Engineers of Oregon. That is were the real blame for that lies.
Jered, after attending most OSBEELS Board meetings and a goodly number of committee meetings last year I can say that AAG Katherine DiSalle does, sometimes
overstep her advisory role, but hardly dictates the board's every move. Another thought about that occasional usurpation of power, is that the I have not seen
one Board member attempt to reign her in. As to who has been placed temporarily in Mari's position, that would be Jenn Gilbert, a public member of the Board.