PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The highest ranking law enforcement official in Oregon has been forced into a leave of absence by her bosses at the United States Department of Justice, sources told KOIN 6 News.
Amanda Marshall had to step aside because of an ongoing probe into her relationship with one of her subordinates, said those sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak about the probe.
Marshall told The Oregonian Thursday that stepped aside for health reasons. She’s been having health issues for months, she said, adding, “I can’t serve right now.” She declined to discuss the health problems other than to say she was seeing an out-of-state specialist.
However, sources told KOIN 6 News investigators are trying to determine if Marshall was “stalking” Scott Kerin, until recently the head of the narcotics unit in her office
Investigators are poring through Marshall’s email and text messages, those sources told KOIN 6 News.
Sources say that investigation started after Kerin informed Justice Department officials of behavior by Marshall that he considered “troubling,” including text messages she was sending him.
One aspect of the investigation is trying to determine what kind of relationship – if any – Marshall and Kerin had outside the office.
Attempts to reach Marshall were unsuccessful. The cell phone she had been using has an outgoing message in her voice saying she was no longer using it. It’s not clear if that phone was taken as part of the investigation.
That cell phone refers callers to another number. Messages there were not returned.
The spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in Oregon, Gerri Badden, had no comment on the allegations and investigation.