State managers cleared in Energy Dept. contract



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Four state managers have been cleared of wrongdoing in the handling of an Oregon Department of Energy contract.

The state Department of Administrative Services announced Wednesday that the four employees will not be disciplined and should return to work on Thursday. The employees have been on paid leave while the state investigated the $200,000 contract awarded to a Seattle firm.

A company owned by Gov. John Kitzhaber’s companion, Cylvia Hayes, was hired as a subcontractor for $60,000.

Three of the four employees were on temporary assignment to the Energy Department when the contract was awarded, and they will return to their regular positions at the departments of Corrections and Consumer and Business Services.