County to investigate Ogren and Kelly
June 23, 2011
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is asking staff to investigate allegations of a conflict of interest between county Public Works director Paavo Ogren and Maria Kelly, who stepped down last week from the Los Osos Community Services District. [Tribune]
The move follows an exclusive investigation by CalCoastNews, suggesting that Ogren and Kelly did not publicly disclose a personal relationship between the two. Sources have indicated that Kelly lives most of the time at Ogren’s San Luis Obispo home instead of at the house she owns in Los Osos.
If correct, Kelly is in violation of a California code which requires board members to actually live in Los Osos.
Critics claim that the relationship has been going on for several years and that Kelly abused her position by not revealing that she was dating Ogren while the county was moving ahead with the controversial sewer system.
Ogren said he will be meeting with county administrator Jim Grant next Monday to discuss the issue.
Kelly admitted the relationship to a reporter, but insisted that the couple had been dating for only six months and that they have never discussed the sewer issue.