Ex-prisons chief says he had affair with staffer



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s former secretary of corrections says he had an extramarital affair with a subordinate.

Eldon Vail told The Seattle Times on Tuesday that he abruptly left his job last week after learning of a video that apparently showed him and the employee leaving a motel near Olympia. He said he heard rumors that the video may be made public, so he decided his only choice was to resign.

Vail said the relationship was inappropriate and that he is trying to work it out with his wife. He declined to discuss the employee or say how long their relationship lasted.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said there is no investigation planned into the video or affair.

Vail has not responded to repeated phone calls from The Associated Press in recent days.