DOJ Investigates Sheriff Candidate

sergiMEDFORD, Ore. — One of the three candidates for Jackson County Sheriff is being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice, based on a complaint filed by the sheriff’s office.

The DOJ confirmed it has launched a criminal investigation against┬áLt. Bob Sergi, and said the complaint came from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Sergi would not comment on the investigation, but said it was election-related. Sergi said he first found out about the complaint Tuesday night, and said he is cooperating with the DOJ during the investigation.

The DOJ could not give any details about that complaint because the investigation is still open.

Sergi is running for sheriff against his boss, Sheriff Mike Winters. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released statement on Friday, saying “On April 1, 2014, Lt. Bob Sergi was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Department of Justice.”

Winters did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Ashland Police Deputy Chief Corey Falls is the third candidate for sheriff.