A Jackson County sheriff's candidate who is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice said he's being accused of using a sheriff's department employee roster to solicit campaign funds.
Lt. Bob Sergi, night supervisor at the Jackson County Jail, denied the accusation in a public statement emailed to the Mail Tribune this afternoon. He said he used a campaign database containing the addresses of all registered voters in Oregon.
"This is public information. I did nothing unethical or illegal," Sergi's statement reads. "This is a standard practice for competent campaigns. In fact, I know at least one of my opponents uses a similar voter database. Because I did nothing wrong, I'm not worried about the outcome of the investigation."
Sergi, 57, of Central Point, was placed on administrative leave April 1. He is one of two candidates challenging Sheriff Mike Winters for the nonpartisan position, a post that's been held by Winters since 2002. Ashland Police Deputy Chief Corey Falls is also vying for the spot.
Sergi and the DOJ did not immediately return calls seeking additional comment.
— Ryan Pfeil