BEND, OR -- The lawyer who brought a couple of lawsuits over Casey Roats' eligibility to serve on the Bend City Council has dropped his latest suit. Attorney Charlie Ringo filed the lawsuit on bahalf of Foster Fell, the partner of fellow City Councilor Barb Campbell.
Ringo says it's time to move on. Councilor Roats says he is relieved. "I'm very happy that taxpayers won't have to fund another lawsuit and the expense about my eligibility for city council. What I want to make sure people understand is, I would not have moved forward if there's any chance I wouldn't be found eligible. And, while I'm glad the lawsuit won't go forward, I was looking forward to a judge hearing the argument and ruling in my favor. But, I'll take it just the same."
Roats tells KBND News, "I really am looking forward to getting down to work. This really has been a distraction. I hope local politicians have seen you don't need rancor. Politics doesn't have to be partisan. And, I hope this doesn't discourage other qualified people from stepping in. We need them in the future."
This most recent suit was not filed against Roats, but against the city of Bend, over whether to allow the new council to vote on his eligibility. The previous City Council voted in December that Roats was eligible to serve.