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Multnomah County Finds No Discrimination In Manager's Firing

Former Multnomah County public health director Tricia Tillman

Former Multnomah County public health director Tricia Tillman


Multnomah County has issued the results of its internal inquiry into the controversial ouster of a prominent African-American manager, Tricia Tillman, calling it justified.

The county forced Tillman, then the county public health director, out of her management role and placed her on leave last month. The treatment of the popular, well-known leader sparked controversy after a Sept. 7 letter she wrote to the board went public. It noted she had received good performance reviews and called for an in-depth investigation into what she called a “pattern and practice” of institutional racism that has victimized African-American leaders at the county.

But on Monday evening the county released a summary letter dated Sept. 25 and prepared by county Human Resources Director Travis Graves — whose office was implicitly criticized in Tillman’s letter.

Graves referred to a number of unspecified complaints made against Tillman, and wrote that, based on his review of related documents as well as interviews with “key” employees, he found no evidence that Tillman was discriminated against.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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