Oregon Governor’s First Act Is To Investigate Whistle Blowers

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. After taking the oath of office last week to replace resigning John Kitzhaber, former Secretary Of State/now-Governor Kate Brown has launched investigations into the whistleblowers who exposed some of the corruption during the Kitzhaber reign.

From the Oregonian:

“A top official in Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has launched a criminal investigation searching for the person who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal emails.
 
Meanwhile, two high-ranking state managers were placed on administrative leave on Friday pending a personnel investigation that is separate from the criminal one. One, Michael Rodgers, is the same manager who blocked a well-publicized effort by Kitzhaber’s staff to delete copies of his personal emails stored in state archives.”

“Among the emails was an exchange between Kitzhaber and his ethics lawyer, Stephen Janik, that confirmed the ex-governor’s involvement in a strategy to blunt an ethics review of [Cylvia] Hayes’ conduct. The Oregonian/OregonLive earlier reported on that strategy, citing filings made with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.”

“James Moore, a politics professor at Pacific University, said the leaker may have been a whistleblower whose primary motivation was to avoid improper destruction of public records. He called a criminal investigation “overkill” and said it conflicted with Brown’s public statements embracing transparency.”

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