- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An embattled sheriff in Oregon has been giving signs that he might step down early.

The Oregonian (https://bit.ly/1U6NxIa) reports that Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Stanton told the Portland Tribune that he might leave before his term ends, but no earlier than 2017.

A key union has called for Staton to step down following accusations of misconduct and an Oregon Department of Justice investigation. The DOJ is expected to release its investigation results soon.

Former Portland Police Chief Mike Reese told The Oregonian Tuesday that Staton asked him about a week ago if he would consider serving as an interim sheriff should Staton leave early. Reese said yes.

Staton’s spokesman, Capt. Steve Alexander, says the sheriff wanted a successor in on file in case he dies.

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

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