- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Kate Brown is replacing a senior state official closely linked to former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in disgrace last month.

Brown said Thursday that Michael Jordan is stepping down as head of the Department of Administrative Services. Kitzhaber also gave Jordan the title of chief operating officer for the state.

Brown took heat when Jordan asked the State Police to investigate the leak of Kitzhaber’s private emails to a reporter after the former governor tried to have them deleted. Jordan also suspended two employees from the state data center.

The governor appointed George Naughton (NAHW-‘-tuhn) as the agency’s interim director. Naughton was previously in charge of budgeting for the executive branch.

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