Over the last several months, Bend city councilors, Deschutes County commissioners and local bar and restaurant owners have vigorously spoken out against alleged abuses suffered by local licensees at the hands of the OLCC. The OLCC attempted to quiet their concerns through a series of town hall meetings, but the dissatisfaction has persisted.

Now, the Oregon Department of Justice is investigating complaints raised by these groups about Bend-based OLCC enforcement agents allegedly overstepping their authority. In response to the investigation, the OLCC announced the temporary re-assignment of Regional Manager Jason Evers to Redmond pending the results of the investigation.

We’ll keep you posted as information becomes available.

For more information about the investigation, follow the link: http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090804/AE02/908040422/1002.