Medford, Ore. — The Jackson County Community Justice Director facing drug charges is no longer employed with the county. Shane Hagey has been on administrative leave since December 31st, a day after he was arrested and charged with possession of meth and resisting arrest and now county officials are beginning the process to fill the role.
Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan isn’t saying whether Shane Hagey was fired or resigned, but he tells NBC5 News the 48-year-old’s employment ended with Jackson County on Friday.
Hagey was arrested at a Medford Purple Parrot at the end of 2015. According to court documents, the director of Jackson County Community Justice, who oversees probation and parole officers, had been buying meth from a police informant for over a year.
Hagey’s arrest has prompted response from Jackson County Commissioners concerned about transparency. Commissioner Doug Breidenthal telling NBC5 News last month a review of the county’s corrections department might be necessary.
“Shedding a little light on a program and a peer review process is always a good thing.” Commissioner Breidenthal said.
But other commissioners said it wasn’t the right time. As for who will fill Hagey’s former role, the County Administrator says he’s asked all of the program manager’s within the community justice department to take over some of Hagey’s responsibilities until a new director is in place.
Jordan says they are preparing a recruitment to fill the position, which could be posted as soon as this week. Hagey has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Calls to his attorney were not returned.
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