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Robert and Linda Crain, employees of the county's Land Development Services, suspects in official misconduct case

Two Columbia County employees have been placed on administrative leave after they were the subject of a search warrant executed by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 11.

CCSO deputies seized official and personal records and digital files belonging to Linda and Robert Crain, both employees of the Columbia County Land Development Services, Wednesday morning after search warrants were executed at the couple's residence on Walker Road in Scappoose and the Columbia County Courthouse, where they both work.

Robert Crain works as the code enforcement officer for the county. Linda Crain works as a permit technician.

The Sheriff's Office began investigating the case after evidence of possible coercion between the county's code enforcement officer and a residence in the county, a release from CCSO states.

"We learned of this case and quickly consulted with our law enforcement partners and the Columbia County District Attorney's Office to develop a plan of action," CCSO Sheriff Jeff Dickerson stated in the release. "District Attorney Jeff Auxier's help was critical in the development of this case, and continues to assist us in this ongoing investigation. The level of cooperation between law enforcement and the DA's Office continues to grow stronger through investigations like these."

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Both employees have been placed on administrative leave pending the resulting of the investigation, according to CCSO.

The investigation is ongoing and deputies are looking into charges of official misconduct, coercion, criminal conspiracy and aggregated theft as potential charges.

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