Gov. Brown abruptly fires most members of Environmental Quality Commission
SALEM – In a highly unusual move, Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday fired three of the five members of the Environmental Quality Commission, the governor-appointed board that oversees the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Brown ousted commissioners Colleen Johnson, Morgan Rider and Melinda Eden.
The move came without warning via a phone call at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to Johnson.
Johnson was nominated for a second four-year term by Brown and re-confirmed by the Senate just three and half months ago. Rider had another 15 months left in her term; Eden had three months remaining in her term.