GOLD BEACH – Curry County Animal Control Officer Steve Nagel, who has been on administrative leave pending a state investigation of alleged theft and official misconduct, resigned on Monday, Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said Tuesday.
"What happened with Mr. Nagel
, I made an offer to him if he resigned his position with Curry County
, I would not file any criminal charges," Frasier said Tuesday.
"My reading of the police reports indicates there was $100 Mr. Nagel
had received from some people from Arizona.
The couple had been injured in an auto accident and Nagel
took their dogs to the animal shelter where they were cared for until the couple could claim them.
had remained a candidate in the race for Curry County Commissioner Position 3, where he
was the Democratic nominee after facing no opposition in the May Primary.
did not attend the candidate forums around the county and campaigned only sparingly, he
finished a strong second in a three-man race won by Republican Bill Waddle.
said that, in the beginning, he
was going to fight the charge all the way.
"After thinking it over, I decided I didn't want to return to the shelter after all of this.
I took the job for the dogs, not the politics," he
"The reason I ran for commissioner is, I wanted to help the county come together and help fix the budget," Nagel
"I would like to thank the people of the county for their support for me and my family."
Sheriff Bishop said Nagel
had been on administrative leave about four weeks.
"I really didn't want Steve
"I support Steve
Darnell said money hasn't been handled correctly historically at the animal shelter, and Nagel
had continued the practices that had been established before he
took the job.
said that people who made donations for the Friends of the Shelter often made checks out to the shelter.
a good man. It's a shame Steve
had to leave the way he
"I still support Steve
100 percent, but I support the sheriff, too.