SALEM, OR -- Oregon's new Secretary of State Bev Clarno worked her first full day Monday and dismissed three top executives in her office. According to the Associated Press, Chief of Staff Deb Royal was let go, along with Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings and Governmental and Legal Affairs Director Steve Elzinga.
Clarno's office calls the staffing transitions "personnel matters," and refused to comment further. Calls from KBND News were not returned.
The former lawmaker was sworn in Sunday at her home in Redmond; an official ceremony is planned for later this week. Clarno succeeds Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who died of Brain cancer in February.