Gov. John Kitzhaber Looks to Remake SAIF Board

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has not had much luck with SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer. He's now seeking to remake SAIF's top decision making body, nominating three new members to the five-member board. When Kitzhaber was governor from 1995 to 2003, SAIF sunk under the weight of scandal, including a high-profile investigation into its hiring of former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and ...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF Chief Levels New Allegations About His Firing

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The fired CEO of SAIF Corp., the state’s workers compensation insurer, is leveling new charges against the agency and is formally accusing SAIF's former leader for undermining him in his job. John Plotkin on Monday filed a amended lawsuit against SAIF and added three new defendants: Brenda Rocklin, herself a former agency CEO; and agency executives Chris Davie and Ryan Fleming—all ...   More
 
Monday, August 4, 2014 WW Staff

Supporters of Ex-SAIF CEO John Plotkin Will Petition Gov. John Kitzhaber

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The fallout from SAIF Corp. board's firing of CEO John Plotkin continues.As WW reported earlier, the state-owned worker's compensation insurer fired Plotkin on May 9, just three-months after he started work. Thousands of pages of emails and other documents SAIF released pursuant to public records requests raise questions about whether SAIF's board, which is appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, had any ...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF CEO Sues SAIF Board for Violating Public Meetings Law

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John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., filed a lawsuit today (PDF) in Marion County Court, alleging that SAIF fired him in violation of the state's public meetings law. In his complaint, Plotkin argues that the state-owned worker's compensation insurer fired him after just three month on the job and did so in private. Public bodies—such as SAIF's board, which is appointed by the governor—are ...   More
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF Corp CEO John Plotkin Files Tort Claim Notice

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As WW reported in today's print edition, John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., the state-owned worker's compensation insurer, has filed a tort claim against SAIF, as well as one current and two recently-retired SAIF officials. In the tort claim, Plotkin alleges that current human resources vice president Ryan Fleming, recently retired government affairs vice president Chris Davie and former SAIF ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.


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SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

SAIF Picks Industry Insider to be New CEO

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The state-owned worker's compensation insurer, SAIF Corp., named a new chief executive today, John Plotkin, an industry insider from Colorado. Plotkin's selection ends speculation about whether the job—which currently pays $294,350 and is one of the state's plum public sector posts—would be a political appointment or go to a candidate with worker's comp expertise. Here's the news from the SAIF ...   More
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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