To the editor:
It appears some people believe there would be a conflict of interest if my wife Bridget Bailey is elected Wasco County commissioner because I am the District Attorney in Wasco County. This is not accurate.
A county commissioner is a county officer. The district attorney is a state official and is paid by State of Oregon, not Wasco County.
The Wasco County Commissioners have no more authority over the District Attorney than they do over their state representative, John Huffman, or their state senator, Ted Ferrioli. County commissioners and district attorneys are independent by design to avoid such conflicts.
I am currently paid a stipend in recognition for providing legal advice to the county. If Bridget Bailey is elected, I would not accept this stipend and I would not serve as legal counsel for the county to avoid any perception of a conflict.
If anyone has any questions about this, feel free to call me at 541-506-2680.
Eric Nisley, District Attorney