Ore. DA says state police investigating his office

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Deschutes County, Ore., district attorney says Oregon State Police are investigating his office at the request of the state attorney general's office.

District Attorney Patrick Flaherty said in a statement that state police notified his office Monday that the attorney general's office recently asked for an investigation into a complaint of possible criminal wrongdoing. The investigation involves the county office's handling of a grand jury investigation earlier this year and the recent layoff of an investigator.

The Bulletin of Bend says Flaherty initiated a criminal investigation of Deschutes County's top civil attorney, Mark Pilliod, in late February after Pilliod released job applications from recently hired deputy district attorneys to the newspaper in response to a public records request. The newspaper says the Oregon State Bar is also investigating Flaherty's action with the grand jury.

The Bulletin says Flaherty laid off investigator Sharon Sweet on Oct. 7, citing unspecified concerns about the job and cost increases for information technology.

Flaherty said his office would cooperate fully.