Alaska's governor says she didn't know of harassment charge

McClatchy NewspapersJuly 25, 2008 

New state Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp never told Gov. Sarah Palin that he received a letter of reprimand stemming from a sexual harassment complaint when he was chief of the Kenai police, the governor's office said on Thursday.

The governor learned of the letter when the public did during Kopp's Tuesday press conference, Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said.

"She is concerned," Leighow said. "And, she's also disappointed."

Leighow wouldn't comment further — including whether Palin plans to dismiss Kopp as the state's top cop.

"Gov. Palin has had lengthy conversations with Commissioner Kopp today. There's a lot of misinformation circulating about Commissioner Kopp, and the governor wants to deal in facts," she said on Thursday afternoon.

Kopp, reached Thursday afternoon, said Palin's office learned of the harassment complaint when he was named to her transition team in 2006, but that the case, or the letter, didn't come up when he was interviewed for the job two weeks ago.

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