Ore. liquor agency head under pressure to leave

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says Gov. John Kitzhaber wants him out of the job.

But Steve Pharo says he’s never gotten a bad job evaluation, and he plans to continue working until the five-member commission he reports to tells him that he’s out.

Pharo has been executive director for six years. He tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/GUJPLc) that Kitzhaber aide Duke Shepard visited Monday and told him it’s “time to make a change.”

The chairwoman of the board, Cassandra SkinnerLopata, told the Oregonian she plans to call a special meeting this week to consider Pharo’s position.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com