Sunday, April 7 2013, 06:53 PM CDT
New Klamath County D.A. is ready to work
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.-This week Klamath Falls got a new District Attorney.
Rob Patridge said he's all set to start his new job Monday.
Usually an elected, four-year position, Patridge said instead, Governor Kitzhaber had to ask someone to fill Ed Caleb's shoes and take the District Attorney job, "When a vacancy becomes open, um, the Governor gets to appoint into the District Attorney position," Patridge explained.
Applications were taken, but Patridge said he didn't have to apply, "They opened up to a candidate pool and, uh, I was not part of that candidate pool," said Patridge.
The new D.A. said his work experience in politics, public safety and as a Deputy D.A. in Jackson County made him the right person for the job. "I'm a collaborative leader and I'm honored the Governor picked me. I've done a lot of work in the Klamath Basin and, uh, I think I'm gonna do great things I hope for the citizens of Klamath Falls," said the new D.A.
Patridge officially starts Monday. Budget hearings are scheduled that same day in Klamath County. The D.A. has reached out to County Commissioners for a little more time. He said he wants to get his feet beneath him before a budget recommendation is made for his office. "I hope that they're amenable to that, looks like that they probably are," said Patridge.
Patridge said to make this happen, he needs to start face-to-face talks as soon as possible. "That's why the appointment came so quickly and that's why I think it's so critical, uh, right now, this quick transition for sure," said Patridge.
So, he's headed for Klamath Sunday for budget talks with his new staff, an issue he knows won't be easy to tackle. "It's a very very daunting situation to deal with the public safety issues in Klamath Falls," said the District Attorney.
Though he's ready to talk money, Patridge said he doesn't have any policy changes planned, for now. "I don't have any broad based policy changes or anything else right now that I feel like need to be maintained," said Patridge.
He said he's excited to work on the project placed before him. "I feel like it's a a great shop that has been built over there and I'm gonna get to come in and manage that and maybe trim the sails a little bit," said Patridge.
Ed Caleb served as Klamath County's D.A. since 1985. Staff from the Attorney General's office was temporarily filling the vacancy, until Patridge was selected as the new D.A.