Kate Brown to talk about restoring trust

Kate Brown to become governor at 10 a.m. Wednesday

Governor-in-waiting Kate Brown arrives at the Oregon Historical Society, Feb. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Governor-in-waiting Kate Brown arrives at the Oregon Historical Society, Feb. 14, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s incoming governor, Kate Brown, says efforts are needed to restore trust in government in the wake of an ethics scandal that prompted the resignation of John Kitzhaber.

Brown’s office says that will be the focus of her speech Wednesday after she is sworn in.

A statement says she’ll “lay out of a series of immediate reforms.” It did not include details of what she plans to propose.

The speech will be Brown’s first public discussion of her goals as governor.

Brown, currently the secretary of state, is being thrust into the state’s top office after Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign Friday.

Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, has been accused of using her relationship with the governor to land work for her consulting firm.

Kitzhaber has denied wrongdoing on both of their parts.

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