The applicants to be the next U.S. Attorney for Oregon include a slew of white men, at least one African-American man, and a woman who has set up a Facebook
page to solicit support.
Like the two federal judgeships
currently in play, the U.S. Attorney's job requires presidential appointment and is highly coveted in legal circles. The U.S. Attorney for Oregon is the state's top federal prosecutor and earns an annual salary of about $153,000.
Although most of the applicants—who will be vetted by a committee named by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley—are white men, two of the last three people to hold the job, Kris Olson and Karin Immergut—were women.
Wyden's chief of staff, Josh Kardon, told WW
that he's not ready to make the list of applicants public yet but later in the process, applicants will be told that revealing their names will be a requirement of continued consideration.
Here are the names of applicants WW
obtained from a number of local lawyers who spoke on background: acting U.S. Attorney for Oregon Kent Robinson
; his colleague Dwight Holton
(considered a strong contender because of his prosecutorial experience here and in Brooklyn and because earlier this year his brother-in-law, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, became chairman of the Democratic National Committee); Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis
; Clackamas County D.A. John Foote
; Lincoln County D.A. Rob Bovett
; Benton County D.A. John Haroldson
; Portland lawyers Amanda Marshall
(the Facebooker) and Ken Perry
(who is African-American); Robert Hutchings
, a Lane County Public Defender; and John Hummel
, a Portland lawyer who teaches at a university in Liberia.
(That is 10 names. We'll fill in the rest when we get them).
Kardon says the selection committee will meet in September to narrow the list and will interview candidates for the job in October.
Update at 4:21 pm
Sen. Wyden's office just provided the names of the search committee for the U.S. Attorney's post:
Todd Anderson, Tillamook Co. Sheriff
Mike Dugan, Deschutes Co. DA (Committee Chair)
Meg Garvin, Attorney and Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute
Gene Hallman, Attorney, Pendleton
Bob Hermann, Wash Co. DA
Andy Jackson, Coos Co. Sheriff
Kellie Johnson, Multnomah Co. Deputy DA
Jennifer Kimble, Attorney, Madras
Angel Lopez, Circuit Court Judge, Multnomah Co.
Donna Maddux, Attorney in Charge, Organized Crime Section, Oregon DOJ
Barry Sheldahl, retired Assistant U.S. Attorney
Diana Simpson, Benton Co. Sheriff
Jay Waterbury, Police Chief, The Dalles