Chelan superintendent pays fine for using district email to support bond measure


The superintendent of the Chelan School District has paid a $150 fine for violating state campaign laws.

The fine was settlement of a complaint about him using his district email to support a bond measure last spring.

Barry DePaoli admitted to the Public Disclosure Commission he sent two emails to residents urging their support of the measure.

Those April 13 emails were sent on his district account and sought support for the $75.5 million bond proposal.

Ultimately voters overwhelmingly rejected the bond measure.

In the emails to residents Jerry Isenhart and Robert Watson, he included information on the bond proposal.

But he went further with the message “I remain committed to this project and I have not given up on your vote.”

He also urged them to change their positions and support the measure.

The use of district resources to support the bond measure violates state law.