State investigating Kitzhaber email leak

Two tech managers on administrative leave pending criminal probe

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Nov. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Former governor John Kitzhaber, Nov. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Oregon State Police is conducting a criminal investigation into the leak of emails to Willamette Week, an official with the Department of Administrative Services told KOIN 6 News on Monday.

The emails, from John Kitzhaber’s personal email account, included an exchange between the then-governor and one of his lawyers in which Kitzhaber discussed ways to undercut an ethics investigation.

Two managers at Enterprise Technology Services, which was archiving the emails, have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an HR review being conducted by the department. Michael Rogers, the interim director of the state center that archived the emails, and Marshall Wells, the manager of technical engineering for the center, are the employees.

The inquiry into the men was initiated by State COO Michael Jordan, DAS spokesperson Matt Shelby confirmed Monday. The leak probe joins investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Oregon Department of Justice.

Officials with the governor’s office said just before noon Monday that, on the advice of counsel, they would not be commenting on emails until the investigation concludes.

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