OSBEELS Board Administrator Mari Lopez Placed On Administrative Leave

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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Norman Oklahoma
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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? 

Jered McGrath PLS
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Posted by: Norman OklahomaIf 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? 

Ha Ha, the AAG who has sticky fingers in the pie and dictates the boards every move from the “advisory” position without having to take any blame or defend those dictations. 

MightyMoe
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The story went from bad to worse.

Norman Oklahoma
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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.   

sfreshwaters
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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 seenone 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.

Jered McGrath PLS
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Posted by: sfreshwatersJered, 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 seenone 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. Love and appreciate your participation as a Liason with the board Scott. Truly a great way to give back… Read more »

Jp7191
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An investigator has been put on leave too!  That board is so backlogged with law enforcement cases I can’t imagine how they can function.  ‘HOLD PARAMOUNT THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND PUBLIC”   ??????Attached is some good reading material if any one is interested in the state of Oregon Board.

 

Shelby H. Griggs PLS
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@jered-mcgrath-pls, don’t get me started on ROE, what started out (maybe) as a good idea has turned into one the worst things ever. Best thing that could happen is total repeal and go back to like it used to be, ask permission, and do our jobs. If a land owner refuses (very rare in my experience, one time in almost 40 years) then deal with that on a case by case basis. More surveyors have been disciplined by the Board since this implementation than I bet almost any other issue they should be concentrating on. Glad I only have a… Read more »