This doesn't feel right. Like so much else that goes on in the unduly uptight and moralistic United States. Even pleasantly looser Oregon.
The Marion County sheriff, Russ Isham, has admitted to an affair. He also has submitted his resignation.
The investigation determined that there was substantial evidence to support a charge of misconduct — a misdemeanor — based on the sheriff’s efforts to hide a personal impropriety, Green told the Statesman Journal.
"If convicted of this misdemeanor, a defendant likely would receive probation with time in jail," Green said. "There is no evidence the sheriff used his position for personal financial gain."
Given the evidence and the likely result of a successful prosecution, Sheriff Isham agreed to resign from his post and surrender his public safety certification, Green said.
"In exchange, the DOJ agreed not to bring this misdemeanor charge to court," he said.
Surrendering his public safety certification means Isham cannot be a law enforcement official in Oregon again.
Isham was accused of attempting to persuade a subordinate not to report the subordinate’s discovery of the sheriff’s personal impropriety, Green said.
Isham lives next to our neighborhood. I've met him. He seems like a great guy. By all accounts he's been a good sheriff.
Yet because he wanted to keep his personal life private, Marion County has lost a highly qualified law enforcement official.
Something is wrong here. And part of that wrongness is how many people would disagree with me saying, something is wrong here.