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Dating website allegations dog Steve Greagor

Hillsboro administrator on leave pending investigation


GreagorHillsboro’s assistant city manager — second in line to City Manager Michael Brown — is on leave pending an investigation into whether he communicated with an underage person through a dating website.

Steve Greagor, who is married to Banks City Council president Christy Greagor, was placed on paid administrative leave April 30 while the Washington County Sheriff’s Office continues its probe, said spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray.

He said Greagor’s name was discovered on the website during an unrelated investigation that had nothing to do with Greagor or the city of Hillsboro.

“This investigation was completely unrelated to the city,” Ray said. “Greagor was not the primary focus of the investigation. His information happened to come up related to the dating website.”

Ray pointed out that the website, which he declined to identify, is intended for adults, and there is no evidence at this point that Greagor met with the teen in person. However, law enforcement officials said they needed to take the case seriously.

“If any adult has electronic communication with someone who is underage, especially on a dating website, we’re going to look into it,” Ray said.

Ray said there is no information to show Greagor believed the person he was contacting was underage.

“You’re supposed to be at least 18 to be on the website [and] this person was 16,” Ray explained. “There may be no wrongdoing here by the time we’re done. But it may take us a while to get there.”

Hillsboro’s public affairs manager, Patrick Preston, declined to comment on the situation.

“It’s a personnel matter,” he said.

However, Preston pointed out that putting Greagor on leave does not imply he has done anything wrong.

“It is not a form of discipline,” Preston said. “It is a separation while this process plays out.”

Preston said Greagor will remain on leave until the investigation has been completed.

A former police officer for the city of Hillsboro, Greagor hired on with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department in 1993 and worked his way up to director. He was named assistant city manager in November 2012.

Greagor did not respond to requests for comment.

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