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August 11, 2016

Consultant hired to audit ODOT also wanted to become the agency's director

  • John Craig at one point had a $350,000 contract, which was $100,000 more than the second-place bidder for the work.
    The Bulletin

    BEND, Ore. — The consultant who landed a $350,000 contract to audit the Oregon Department of Transportation before the state backed out over conflict of interest worries had something more elaborate in mind than an audit: He wanted to become director of the agency.

    A four-page document John Craig sent to Oregon Transportation Commission Chairwoman Tammy Baney in January outlines Craig's short- and long-term plans for ODOT and himself. Among them, replacing ODOT Director Matthew Garrett as head of the agency should he step down.

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