02/16/2007 12:00AM

Oregon commission gets interim head

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An interim chairman has been named to the Oregon Racing Commission, replacing a official who resigned last month after lying to court officials.

The interim chairman, Gordon Tallman, replaces Jodi Hanson, who resigned late last month as a condition of her guilty plea to one count of "false swearing" for lying to court officials about a drunken driving conviction in 2001.

Tallman, 40, worked in the publicity department at Portland Meadows from 1985 until 1998 and for Television Games Network for six years before joining the Oregon Racing Commission staff in 2005. He served most recently as supervisor of account wagering hubs, several of which are based in Oregon.

Hanson, 47, was the commission's executive director from early in 2003 until Jan. 26, when she resigned. She had been arrested on Feb. 16, 2006, in Gresham, Ore., and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants. After signing a statement that she had not been arrested for drunken driving in the previous 10 years, she was allowed to enter a court diversion program - which would allow the charges to be dismissed if she successfully completed it - in April.

It was later discovered that Hanson had been charged with drunken driving in Washington in May of 2001. That discovery led to the filing of "false swearing" charges against Hanson, who pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

In addition to being forced to resign her post with the racing commission, Hanson was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and to perform 200 hours of community service. She was also barred from seeking re-employment with the commission or employment in "any position of public trust of fiduciary responsibility."