SALEM—The Oregon Department of Revenue has issued the following statement regarding Michael Wayne Dietrich’s detention by local law enforcement:
Mr. Dietrich is absent from work today without permission and is therefore on unapproved leave without pay. His authority to access department information systems has been terminated and the department-issued electronic devices that had been in Mr. Dietrich’s possession have been secured by police. The department is assisting law enforcement in their investigation in any way that we can.
As a unit supervisor, Mr. Dietrich had interaction with a number of our employees. His role, and those of the clerical staff he supervised, do not include the handling of cash. As local police indicated in a separate release, we are not aware of a link between Mr. Dietrich’s employment and the allegations against him.
When notified by law enforcement of the criminal investigation, Revenue began an internal investigation of Mr. Dietrich’s work activities to identify any potentially inappropriate access to our information assets. Our focus is safeguarding the confidential information with which the public has entrusted us.