An investigation shows that a City of Bend employee sought permission for an all expenses paid hunting trip taken in 2006. Chris Brelje was accused of taking the trip, and then funneling work to Consolidated Supply Co., the company that paid for it. The investigation says Brelje asked for permission to go; and never received a response of any kind from his supervisor. The City hired the law firm of Harrang, Long, Rudnick, Gary, P.C. to investigate the complaint. The independent investigation did not find any evidence of favoritism in the case.