Commission staff will investigate the matter and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 25, 2019.
A complaint was filed on July 17 by William Templeton of Albany, on behalf of himself and several family members associated with the marijuana operation at Butte Creek Estates.
Templeton charged that in 2017, Lindsey visited the property and presented a business card noting he was a county commissioner. Templeton also asserts that Lindsey told the property owners “you picked the wrong neighborhood,” and “what you are doing is illegal.”
The Ethics Commission noted that public officials are prohibited from “using or attempting to use their official positions to obtain a personal financial benefit or avoid a personal financial detriment, that would not have been available but for holding the public position.”
He also alleged that Lindsey’s actions were being made in part because he feared the marijuana operation would reduce home values in the area.

Ethics Commission to investigate Linn commissioner
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