Update: Amanda Marshall has resigned, citing health issues, a spokeswoman for the Attorney's office confirmed. The Oregonian reports Marshall sent a note to colleagues and the resignation is effective May 15.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, has taken a leave of absence from her position as the top federal prosecutor in the state.
Gerri Badden, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, confirmed that Amanda Marshall is on leave. She would not provide any additional information about the leave and said no press advisory would be issued. Marshall is still listed as the U.S. Attorney for Oregon on the U.S. Department of Justice website.
Bill Williams, who was Marshall's first assistant, has taken over as acting U.S. Attorney.
Although DOJ officials are keeping quiet about any reasons why Marshall would take leave, Marshall told The Oregonian that she has been having health issues for months and "can't serve right now."
The newspaper also reported that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating a relationship Marshall had with assistant U.S. Attorney Scott M. Kerin, a subordinate of Marshall's. According to Oregonian sources, Kerin tried to break off a relationship with Marshall and he reported it to Justice Department superiors.
Badden would not confirm whether an investigation has been opened. Kerin is married to a federal prosecutor; Marshall is married to a Yamhill County Circuit Court judge.
The Oregonian also talked to Charese Rohny, an employment lawyer hired by Marshall. Rohny said she spoke with the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and was told that Kerin, not his client, was the subject of the investigation.
In a statement Monday, the OIG said that was untrue.
"The statements in the article attributed to a lawyer for U.S. Attorney Marshall do not accurately represent the position of the OIG. Consistent with our policies regarding OIG investigations, we will not comment further," said spokesman John Lavinsky.
Adding to the strange situation, the Willamette Week reported Monday that Kerin was under armed protection because his life was threatened by Mexican drug dealers. Emails obtained by the Willamette Week said Kerin asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Edmonds to act as interim Drug Unit Chief while he remained under protective detail.
Amanda Marshall took over as U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon in September 2011. In her position, she managed a staff of more than 100 people in three Oregon offices and oversaw all Oregon federal and civil cases on behalf of the United States.
Marshall's office recently opened an investigation into former Governor John Kitzhaber's and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, amid reports that the couple used Kitzhaber's position as governor for Hayes' financial gain. That investigation is ongoing.