Hermiston to review councilor's eligibility

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — The Hermiston city attorney is preparing to review the city's definition of an "appointed position" after the eligibility of a newly-elected city councilor was thrown into question.

At a Monday meeting, city councilor George Anderson expressed concern that councilor-elect Doug Primmer's wife is an employee of the city police department and president of the Hermiston police union.

The East Oregonian reports the city forbids that spouses or close family members of city council have an appointed position in the city.

Primmer says that "appointed position" refers only to department heads, not employees such as dispatchers, and that the union is a separate entity from the city.

Primmer says he would gladly abstain from voting on police matters.