Monday, October 25, 2010

Incoming Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty

Incoming Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty already throwing his weight around..

" If Deschutes County prosecutors want to keep their jobs next year, they'll have to apply just like anyone else.

Their new boss, incoming District Attorney Patrick Flaherty, sent an e-mail last weekend outlining his plans for appointing prosecutors when he takes over in January, The Bulletin reported.

Flaherty told them that if they "wish to be considered for appointment," they should send him a letter indicating they want to stay in the office, along with a resume within the next week.
Once he gets the applications, he wrote that he will schedule interviews in the two weeks following the application deadline.

Flaherty, who was elected in May after beating longtime incumbent Mike Dugan, also mentioned that he's already gotten applications from other Oregon attorneys interested in working for him.
"I want to consider the experience pool in the DA's office before I make appointments in January," Flaherty told the Bend newspaper. "I want to make sure each of them has that opportunity to come in and talk with me."

In the e-mail, he also cited a section of the Oregon Revised Statutes _ the book of state law _ that states a district attorney has the authority to appoint deputy district attorneys.
"I think the deputy district attorneys understand the process quite well," Flaherty said. "I think they understand the law."

Not long after Flaherty was elected, some deputy district attorneys submitted a petition to the Oregon Employment Relations Board to form a collective bargaining group. The group was officially formed last month by a 10-5 vote of prosecutors, and is currently in negotiations with the county.. "

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