- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The former head of an Oregon agency has been awarded $1.26 million after a jury found she was fired for whistleblowing.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1sPjrOx ) that Kyle Walker was fired in 2014 as CEO of the semi-independent state agency Oregon Travel Experience. According to court documents, Walker said she was wrongfully fired after raising concerns that the agency’s governing council was operating illegally.

OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza declined to comment directly on Friday’s verdict but said the state is considering an appeal.

The state claimed that it was immune from liability and any harm resulted from Walker’s own actions.

The Oregon Travel Experience maintains blue highway business signs, rest stops, travel information kiosks and the Oregon Heritage Tree program.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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