Director of Oregon psychiatric board put on leave

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — There’s a stir in the Oregon board that oversees people found guilty of a crime except for insanity.

The head of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, Mary Claire Buckley, was placed on paid leave May 2 for an internal investigation.

The Department of Administrative Services told The Statesman Journal the reason for the investigation could not be disclosed because it’s a personnel matter.

The board has a small staff and 10 members, who are appointed by the governor. It has the authority to commit or release a person at the Oregon State Hospital.

Buckley has been its executive director for more than 20 years.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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