There are many reasons why Mcfarlane should be fired but this this takes the cake.
Intentionally trying to obstruct an investigation is a serious violation of public duty.
I hazard to say it borders on criminal behavior.
Of course, McFarlane's statement that TriMet has long wanted to
address the issue of operator fatigue run contrary to the agency's
attitude about supplying The Oregonian with public records for its
At times, agency officials -- who charged the
newspaper more than $3,750 for documents -- refused to run the
newspaper's requests for information in its databases, arguing that such
queries weren't required under state public records laws. When the
newspaper then agreed to pay for the complete database of driver
schedules from the past nine months, amounting to about 8,000 pages,
TriMet's general counsel denied requests for the information to be
supplied in a spreadsheet, text document or other format that could
easily be moved into a searchable database. Instead, the agency insisted
on converting the information into an unwieldy PDF format that required
pain-staking copying and pasting into a database.
Oregonian attempted to get the complete record of the October 2011 MAX
crash, TriMet denied the request, saying many of the documents were
protected because they pertained to a personnel matter. After an appeal
by The Oregonian, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office sided
with the newspaper, saying the information was so alarming that the
public had a right to see it.
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