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Oregon AFSCME union calls for resignation of Multnomah County sheriff

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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton (Source: KPTV) Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton (Source: KPTV)

A union representing more than 25,000 public services workers in Oregon has called for the resignation of Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton.

Oregon AFSCME demanded Wednesday that Staton resign immediately.

"Oregon AFSCME knows what corrupt governance looks like and Sheriff Staton is the embodiment of it in this community," according to a union statement.

Oregon AFSCME represents more than 3,000 workers in Multnomah County.

The Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association voted "no confidence" in Staton earlier this month.

A sheriff's office spokesman said Wednesday that Staton was unavailable for comment.

Oregon AFSCME alleges "vindictiveness, disrespect, and retaliation against workers, public officials, and other law enforcement entities" by Staton and also cited his purchase of a new $33,000 2015 Dodge Charger with taxpayer money as a reason for him to resign.

County emails show the car has many extra features, including a power sunroof, premium wheels, leather seats and tinted windows.

Staton told FOX 12 last week that in light of the criticism, he plans to pass the car on to a deputy or investigator to be used in the field.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice concluded an investigation of Staton and declined to pursue criminal charges against him.

A tort claim filed by former Chief Deputy Linda Yankee alleging misconduct by Staton was settled in February.

Staton told FOX 12 last week that he has no plans to step down. He was first elected sheriff in 2010.

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