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Oregon public records advocate quits, blames governor

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Ginger McCall is leaving October 11

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s first public records advocate announced her resignation, saying Gov. Kate Brown’s office abused its authority, contrary to the transparency and accountability mission that she was hired to advance.

Ginger McCall said in a letter Monday to Brown that when she accepted the governor’s appointment in January 2018, it was with the understanding that the Office of the Public Records Advocate was to operate independently and with a mandate to serve the public interest.

Instead, McCall says Brown’s top lawyer, Misha Isaak, pressured her to represent the governor’s interests, while not telling anyone that she was doing so.

McCall said she believe these actions constitute an abuse of authority.

She is leaving on Oct. 11.

In a statement released Monday, Brown said the “allegations made today by Ginger are a surprise to both me and my Chief of Staff.”

The governor also said she agrees the Public Records Advocate should be truly independent.

“It appears this is a situation where staff were conflicted between the goals of serving the Governor and promoting the cause of transparency. Let me be clear, there should be no conflict.”

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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