Ore. prisons inspector general threatens to sue DOC director

Leonard Williamson accuses Colette Peters of firing numerous DOC employees and "[replacing] them with close personal acquaintances"

By C1 Staff

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections inspector general has notified the state that he plans to sue the DOC and its director for “injuring his professional reputation.”

Oregon Live reports that Leonard Williamson, 50, is seeking $3 million in a tort claim against the DOC and its director, Colette Peters.

The DOC could not comment on the pending litigation, but a spokeswoman confirmed that Williamson still works for the DOC and is not on leave.

The notice refers to “April 15 and continuing to the present time” as the date of Williamson’s injury. In a separate letter to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, Williamson’s attorney asserts that Peters has violated ethics laws, stating that she had “terminated or caused the termination of numerous DOC employees and has replaced them with close personal acquaintances.”

The inspector general is responsible for handling suspected or actual misconduct within the DOC.

Peters has been the DOC director since 2012.

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