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  • Former sheriff candidate is let go

  • A Jackson County sheriff's lieutenant who ran against the incumbent sheriff in the May primary has been fired.
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  • A Jackson County sheriff's lieutenant who ran against the incumbent sheriff in the May primary has been fired.
    Lt. Bob Sergi, a night supervisor at the Jackson County Jail, was let go Monday, agency officials confirmed.
    "He is no longer employed with Jackson County," said Capt. Monte Holloway, who would not comment on the reasons behind the firing.
    "It's no different than any other employee termination. We just don't comment on those," Holloway said.
    Sergi also declined to comment when reached by phone Thursday.
    Sergi was investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice for alleged illegal solicitation of campaign funds in the weeks leading up to the primary, but the DOJ dropped the investigation because of insufficient evidence, said spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson.
    Sergi ran in a three-way race for Jackson County sheriff, squaring off against Sheriff Mike Winters and Deputy Chief Corey Falls of the Ashland police. Sergi finished last in the race, coming away with about 24 percent of the vote. Winters, who finished second with 30 percent of the votes, and Falls, who finished with 46 percent, will meet in a November runoff.
    Sergi was accused of using a sheriff's department employee roster to solicit campaign donations in March.
    DOJ investigators said Sergi sent a copy of the internal-use-only contact list with names, addresses and phone numbers of department employees from his work email to his personal email so he could contact employees when they were away from the office, which is authorized.
    He had been on administrative leave since April 1. During that time, he earned a gross of $27,214, which includes unused vacation, sick leave and holiday pay in his final payout, the sheriff's office reported.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.
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