Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum investigating Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills

Photo of Chief Marc Mills from the Sunriver Police Department website.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is conducting a criminal investigation into Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills, the AG's office confirmed Thursday.

The (Bend) Bulletin reported Wednesday the Sunriver Service District Managing Board placed Mills on paid administrative leave Sunday.

The board has not disclosed what led to the decision, but Board Administrator Debra Baker says an investigation is ongoing.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a news release that Rosenblum is “heading the fact gathering phase of the investigation into the allegation” against Mills. “Once she completes her work she will provide me with the facts as determined by her investigation and I will decide whether to initiate criminal charges.”

The board appointed Mills to the position in May 2012 after it fired former police chief Michael Kennedy for being poorly suited to manage a planned expansion of public relations efforts.

Bend Police will send Capt. Cory Darling to fill in as interim Sunriver police chief for a short term.

A spokeswoman for Rosenblum wouldn't comment on the investigation.

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