Ore. Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton to resign, governor says

Photo of Lynne Saxton courtesy the Willamette University website

SALEM, Ore. –Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton will resign from her position at the helm of the agency at the end of August, Governor Kate Brown said.

Gov. Brown made the announcement Tuesday following a discussion with Saxton, saying “we have agreed that her resignation is in the best interests of the agency.”

According to reports from the Portland Tribune, Saxton was recently linked to a plan to sway the Oregon legislature by issuing “negative and misleading news” on a nonprofit health care provider.

As of Tuesday, there has not been an announcement on who will take charge of the agency. Governor Brown said the announcement should be made in the coming weeks.

"Lynne has led the Oregon Health Authority through its most challenging times and helped me ensure that every Oregonian has access to the care they need. She is known as a fighter for Oregon's values and I am proud of how she brought that level of commitment to the staff of OHA," Governor Brown said.

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