A Jackson County sheriff's candidate who was under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice for alleged illegal solicitation of campaign funds in the weeks leading up to the May primary was fired from the department this week.

Lt. Bob Sergi, a sheriff's lieutenant and night supervisor at the Jackson County Jail, was let go Monday, agency officials confirmed.

“He is no longer employed with Jackson County,” said Capt. Monte Holloway.

Holloway would not comment on the reasons behind the firing or whether the recent DOJ investigation into allegations of first- and second-degree official misconduct, computer crime and third-degree theft against Sergi had anything to do with the decision.

The DOJ dropped the investigation because of insufficient evidence, said spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson.

“It's no different than any other employee termination. We just don't comment on those,” Holloway said.

Sergi also declined comment when reached by phone this morning.

Sergi was a recent candidate in a three-way race for Jackson County sheriff squaring off against Sheriff Mike Winters and Deputy Chief Corey Falls of Ashland police. Sergi finished last in the race, coming away with about 24 percent of the vote. Winters, who finished second with 30 percent of the votes, and Falls, who finished with 46 percent, will go to a runoff in November.

Sergi was originally accused of using a sheriff's department employee roster to solicit campaign funds in March.

DOJ investigators learned he sent a copy of the internal-use-only contact list with names, addresses and phone numbers of department employees from his work email to his personal email so he could contact employees when they were away from the office, which is authorized.

He was put on administrative leave during the investigation. The amount of money he collected while on administrative leave was not immediately available. (This section has been edited for clarity)

— Ryan Pfeil