By Associated Press - Thursday, January 9, 2020

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Rich Vial, Oregon’s deputy Secretary of State, will resign effective Friday, according to a statement.

Secretary of State Bev Clarno said Thursday that the former Republican lawmaker informed her of his decision on Monday and called the one-term state representative an “exemplary public servant.”

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported in November that Vial was moonlighting as a private practice attorney representing clients with cases pending before a state agency that he had the power to audit. His state salary was $172,000, the newspaper said.

The newspaper also found that he frequently had an empty calendar two days of every work week.

Vial, 65, represented a district that straddles Washington, Clackamas and Yamhill counties for one term before losing to Democrat Courtney Neron in 2018. He was selected by Clarno in April 2019 to serve as her deputy.

Andrea Chiapella, legislative director for the Secretary of State’s Office, told the newspaper Thursday that Clarno did not ask Vial to resign.

Gov. Kate Brown appointed Clarno to the post after Dennis Richardson, a Republican, died of cancer in February 2018.

Clarno is not running for election this year to what would be her first full term.

Four Democrats have filed to run for Secretary of State this year, but so far, no Republican has.

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