Mac local to assume DOC chief role
Killgore was fired, effective immediately. Colette Peters, who heads the agency’s parent Department of Corrections, cited “leadership issues” and divergent views on the agency’s proper role.
Killgore recently blew the whistle on suspect hiring and spending practices, which he blamed on largely Department of Corrections leadership. That prompted the state Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation.
But DOC spokeswoman Liz Craig denied any connection between the investigation and the firing. “It was more a matter of her vision and his vision for OCE not aligning,” she said.
She said the criminal investigation did not reveal enough evidence to support any criminal prosecution.
“We received a copy of the report and turned it over to our inspector general, who is doing an administrative review,” Craig said. “While there was no criminal wrongdoing, we are looking to see if there’s any administrative action that we need to take. That review is in process.”
Kilmer has worked for the Department of Corrections for 17 years. Craig said he had a solid background in operations, management and labor relations.
Before being named head of OCE, he served by turns as superintendent of the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, superintendent of the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem and deputy administrator of OCE business operations. He assumed the latter post in May 2011.
He will report directly to Peters. Craig said she feels confident moving forward with him at the OCE helm.