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Governor Kitzhaber appoints new DA Kelsie Davis McDaniel

Governor Kitzhaber appoints new DA Kelsie Davis McDaniel

In January, Governor Kitzhaber announced the acceptance for Union County District Attorney applications. The current DA at the time, Tim Thompson declared his retirement will take effect February 28th. The Governor looked at applications based on merit and concluded that Kelsie Davis McDaniel will be the new Union County District Attorney.

“Kelsie Davis McDaniel’s broad experience in the public safety community will serve her well as she leads the Union County District Attorney’s Office,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Her commitment to bringing together people and collaborating across the public safety spectrum, from law enforcement to community corrections to mental health and human service professionals, will help keep our communities safe and reduce victimization.”

Ms. Davis McDaniel received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. She began her legal career in the Morrow County District Attorney’s Office. She then served as deputy district attorney in the Union County District Attorney’s Office, where she has handled a wide range of cases from minor thefts to homicides.

She has served on the board of the Mt. Emily Safe Center, volunteered with the
Classroom Law Project and the Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Program Committee, and presented to various community groups, including the La Grande Police Youth Public Safety Academy and the Center for Human Development.

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