- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A criminal investigation of Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton has ended with no charges.

County officials asked the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate after a chief deputy accused the sheriff of creating a hostile work environment.

Investigators also looked into the legality of a background check Staton performed on committee members who were debating whether the sheriff’s job should be changed from an election position to an appointed one.

The DOJ informed the county Friday that Staton did not engage in criminal conduct.

The agency said statements attributed to Staton don’t rise to the level of a crime, and the background checks were Google searches of publicly available websites. Staton did not use law enforcement databases.

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