11/26/2011: Public meetings complaint on Lariviere firing here.
In the Oregonian Kitzhaber finally explains why he fired Lariviere: Kitzhaber is the CEO, and the rest of us are his employees:
In my opinion, should the Board of Higher Education decide to terminate Dr. Lariviere’s contract on this basis, it would be fully justified from an executive management standpoint. Any private sector CEO, faced with a division manager who was totally dedicated to his or her specific department but willfully and repeatedly undermined the needs and goals of the overall company would, I expect, fire the manager – and probably after the first instance of such behavior; not the second.
Funny, I thought Oregon was a democracy, and we had elected Kitzhaber governor of it – with a few checks and balances like the public meetings law. If the state is going to be run by a CEO, I would have voted for Phil Knight – a man who knows how to make things and create jobs in Oregon.
In his Sunday column Steve Duin of the Oregonian rips into Governor Kitzhaber for autocratic decisions and mentions this ethics complaint. Jeff Wright of the RG posts notice of a story coming tomorrow on it.