- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon Employment Department executive announced her resignation after disclosing a personal relationship with another agency official.

The Oregonian newspaper (https://is.gd/nMKefJ ) obtained a copy of an email regarding Kim Parker’s upcoming departure and the reason for it. Parker is the assistant director in charge of business and employment services programs. She is in a relationship with Salvador Llerenas, the agency’s deputy director.

“A few weeks ago Salvador Llerenas and I approached Lisa with news that we are involved in a personal relationship,” Parker wrote in the message forwarded to staff by Employment Department director Lisa Nisenfeld.

“In the best interest of the agency, and to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest, we agreed that a change needs to occur over the next several weeks.”

Agency spokeswoman Andrea Fogue told The Oregonian the message was sent to all staff members in the interest of transparency.

Fogue said all three were attending meetings and giving presentations Friday afternoon, and were unavailable to comment.

“This was a personal decision that Kim made, and it does not reflect at all on her work with the agency,” Fogue said.

The specific date of Parker’s departure has not yet been set, Fogue said.

Court records show Llerenas filed for divorce from his wife on July 16 in Marion County Circuit Court. Parker jointly filed for divorce with her husband in Clackamas County Circuit Court on Aug. 6.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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