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Oregon Elections Director Faced Termination Over Investigation Into Inappropriate Comments

Former Oregon Elections Director Jim Williams

Former Oregon Elections Director Jim Williams

Oregon Secretary of State’s Office

The state elections director resigned last month while under investigation for allegations he made inappropriate comments to a female temporary employee, records reveal.

Jim Williams, who had served as head of the secretary of state’s Elections Division since 2013, was accused of making inappropriate comments and giving favorable treatment to the woman, according to the documents released Monday, Aug. 8, to the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group Capital Bureau. The allegations came shortly after Williams was investigated for telling another female subordinate that her problems getting along with others were related to her being “younger” and “prettier,” according to an investigation report. The report by the Oregon Department of Justice was completed eight days after Williams resigned July 19.

The temporary employee, related to the most recent investigation, was hired in December 2015 as an office assistant in the automatic voter registration program at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

During her six-month stint at the agency, Williams gave her two raises, despite accusing her of frequent absences and falsifying timesheets, the report states. He fired her on July 17.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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