Oregon settles with target of probe for $1M

Oregon settles with target of probe for $1M

The state of Oregon is paying $1 million to a former Department of Energy official whose career was affected by a botched investigation.

The payment settles a lawsuit filed by Mark Long, who says former Oregon Department of Justice prosecutor Sean Riddell withheld or destroyed documents central to the investigation. The agency did not acknowledge any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

Long was interim head of the state Energy Department in 2010 when a $60,000 contract was awarded to a company co-owned by Cylvia Hayes, partner of John Kitzhaber, who was then running for governor.

The investigation examined whether the Energy Department carved out part of a contract for Hayes' company, but it produced no arrests or charges.

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