Lincoln Co. District Attorney Rob Bovett leaving his post after 21 years of legal service to Lincoln County
Here is Rob Bovett’s letter of resignation to Governor Kitzhaber:
John Kitzhaber, MD
State of Oregon
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,
I am resigning my position as the Lincoln County District Attorney, effective Monday, January 6, 2014. I have accepted the position of Legal Counsel / Policy Manager for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), starting January 7, 2014.
I strongly encourage you to appoint my Chief Deputy, Michelle Branam, as the next Lincoln County District Attorney. Michelle has demonstrated the skills and talents necessary to do the job, and is committed to continuing our work to modernize and improve the justice system in Lincoln County.
I am also resigning my position on the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, effective January 6, 2014. By statute, I hold that position as a District Attorney, and will therefore no longer qualify. I will advise the Oregon District Attorneys Association (ODAA) of the need to provide one of my colleagues to serve on the Commission. However, I will continue some of my drug policy work in my new position, as
well as through my volunteer service for a number of statewide and national organizations.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Lincoln County for the past 21 years. I look forward to continuing to serve Lincoln County, as well as Oregon’s 35 other counties, in my new position.
Lincoln County, Oregon
DA Rob Bovett told News Lincoln County today that his new job with the Oregon Association of Counties is a logical extension of his life-long legal passion for policy matters as to what powers local governments have and how citizens are most directly affected by those powers and resulting public policies. Bovett will be the association’s legal counsel on such matters as Home Rule, Elections, County Clerks, Drug Policies, and the provisions of Health Care to residents.
Bovett has a long and distinguished career in a kaleidoscope of high as well as low profile legal matters. Bovett led the charge to allow counties to decide for themselves whether repeat drunk drivers could lose their cars, and there are highway signs to that effect at major motoring gateways to Lincoln County. Bovett is currently a major player in developing rules on how local jurisdictions may regulate the set-up and operations of local marijuana dispensaries across the state.
Bovett and his wife Sally will eventually relocate to the valley since the county association is headquartered in Salem. Sally Bovett herself has long been a major figure in the county most recently with her involvement with Habitat For Humanity and the creation of Habitat home improvement stores in Newport and Lincoln City.
Rob Bovett says he’ll be stepping down as the Lincoln County DA effective January 6th and assuming his new post with the association of counties on the 7th. He has recommended to Governor Kitzhaber to name Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branam as his successor. District Attorneys are appointed by the Governor’s Office and is funded largely with state funds, as are the county circuit courts.