Kate Brown fires Oregon Lottery director over 'management problems'
Gov. Kate Brown abruptly fired Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts on Tuesday, adding to a list of state agency leaders who've moved on since Brown took office last year.
Roberts, a Republican who once served as Oregon's labor commissioner, had run the lottery since December 2013. He took over in the wake of an Oregonian/OregonLive investigative series that examined the Lottery's reliance on problem gamblers to help keep billions of dollars flowing to state coffers.
Brown appointed a longtime aide, Barry Pack, as interim director until a permanent replacement is named.
Pack has served as Oregon's deputy chief operating office since 2012. Previously he worked for Brown as deputy secretary of state and also served as chief of staff for Senate Democrats from 1999 to 2003, when Brown was a legislative leader.