2 top Ore. state managers removed after inquiry

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two top managers at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services have been removed from their positions after an investigation into a lucrative contract granted to a former employee.

The Statesman Journal reports that Facilities Division Administrator Robin Harpster is no longer an employee of state government. The division manages building operations and maintenance for the state.

Her deputy administrator, Scott Young, was allowed to transfer back to a position he previously held in the Oregon Department of Corrections, effective June 1.

Harpster and Young have been on paid leave since April 27 as officials investigated a contract awarded to a former leasing manager for the state agency that paid $90 an hour in consulting fees.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com