Kate Brown Calls for Independent Review of ODOT
Friday, November 20, 2015
“If we are to ask Oregonians to step up and provide additional resources for our transportation system,' Governor Brown said, 'they must first be confident that the resources currently available are being used responsibly.”
Ferrioli called for Garrett’s job after learning that Garett misled transportation workgroup members by providing inaccurate carbon reduction numbers.
"In June, following the implosion of transportation negotiations, I demanded Governor (Kate) Brown immediately request the resignation of Director Garrett due to gross incompetency at best and dishonest manipulation at worst. Whether Director Garrett knew the numbers ODOT provided the workgroup were wrong or he simply failed to provide the updated numbers in his possession, his decision to surprise workgroup members with new numbers in a public hearing without any advance warning led to the demise of a critical, bipartisan transportation infrastructure package for Oregonians that would have resulted in real carbon reduction. Director Garrett must resign effective immediately so ODOT can begin repairing its broken credibility and we can move forward with new negotiations to finally fix Oregon's roads and bridges," said Ferrioli.
In emails obtained by the Senate Republican Office via a public records request show Director Garrett knew the greenhouse gas emissions estimates provided to the workgroup to guide carbon reduction discussions were inaccurate as early as June 10th.
Though Garrett was aware of the inconsistencies, Garrett failed to have ODOT staff vet the numbers until less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to testify before the Senate Sustainable Transportation Committee.
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