Oregon to pay $286,000 settlement to Kitzhaber email leaker

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $286,000 to the technology manager who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails.

In exchange, Michael Rodgers agreed last week to resign and not to sue the state.

Until he quit, effective Sept. 18, Rodgers was on leave from his job as the state’s interim enterprise technology administrator. He acknowledged giving 6,000 emails from Kitzhaber’s personal Gmail account to a reporter for Willamette Week.

Rodgers accused the state of subjecting him to “investigations without proper notice and an opportunity for a hearing.” He also said state officials were responsible for “published reports containing false and stigmatizing statements” about Rodgers’ placement on leave.