Veteran Clark County attorney Harvey put on paid administrative leave

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 14-year veteran attorney with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has been put on paid administrative leave for an undisclosed reason.

Senior Deputy Attorney Alan Harvey said he was informed Wednesday in a letter that he was being put on paid administrative leave. Harvey, who prosecutes crimes against children, declined to give additional comment.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik also wouldn't comment on reasons for the decision, saying it's a confidential personnel matter.

"We are looking into facts now," Golik said, without elaborating.

The Columbian has requested a copy of the letter.

Golik said he was checking Thursday whether the letter is subject to public disclosure.

Harvey has been with the prosecuting attorney's office since August 1999. His most recent assignment has been with the office's Children's Justice Center. He's also worked in the office's Major Crimes Division.

His annual salary is $96,336.