From Secretary Dennis Richardson
Salem, OR—Due to new pay equity laws, Oregon State agencies are in the process of performing an internal review of all staff position descriptions, salaries, and benefits packages to ensure equity and fairness. The Oregon Secretary of State's office is a part of this effort.
Although as Secretary of State my salary and a portion of my benefits package is set by statute, I will not participate in any discussions or decisions related to those Secretary of State benefits not set by statute.
In short, I am recusing myself from such discussions to avoid a conflict of interest, and I am providing this public notice to ensure full transparency, integrity, and accountability to the Oregon people.