Idaho state Tax Commissioner Elliot Werk has been on paid administrative leave for a month, and no one will say why, other than that it’s a personnel issue. “I can’t talk about it,” said Gov. Brad Little. “He was put on administrative leave through the system we have. … I don’t know what his status is.”

Werk is a former Democratic state senator from Boise who represented District 17 in the Idaho Senate from 2002 to February of 2015, when he resigned to accept an appointment from then-Gov. Butch Otter to be one of the state’s four tax commissioners, a full-time position that currently pays $99,077 a year.

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Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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