Word that Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk is considering retirement (see Murmurs, WW, Feb. 2, 2011) has sparked
widespread interest among his possible successors.

After all, Schrunk, 68, has held the office since 1981. Schrunk says he hasn't decided whether to retire. If he steps down before his term ends in 2012, Gov. John Kitzhaber would appoint a successor.

Here are five candidates mentioned by law-enforcement sources as potential replacements for Schrunk, who manages a $26 million budget and more than 80 prosecutors in Oregon's largest county.