Governor appoints new Columbia County DA
A Scappoose resident has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to serve as the new district attorney for Columbia County.
The governor's office announced Monday, June 26, that Jeffrey D. Auxier, of Scappoose, will finish the remainder of the district attorney term vacated by Stephen Atchison, who retired in May.
Auxier has worked as a deputy DA in Multnomah County since 2008, Brown's office reported.
Prior to working in Multnomah County, Auxier served as deputy DA in Marion County.
Auxier earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2006 and graduated from Lewis & Clark College with undergraduate degrees in political science and Hispanic studies.
"Jeff Auxier brings an energy and a passion for seeking justice that will benefit the entire Columbia County community," Brown stated in a news release. "He will work hard and well to support law enforcement and community partners. And he will work collaboratively to improve the quality of justice available in Columbia County."
Auxier has lived in Scappoose since 2013. He and his wife Jessica have two young sons, ages two and four.
After former district attorney Atchison retired earlier this year, Brown appointed Kristen Hoffmeyer to serve in the position on an interim basis.
Hoffmeyer will now be replaced by Auxier, who will serve the rest of Atchison's elected term until May 2018. If Auxier wants to remain in the position, he would need to file and be elected as such.
Auxier is slated to start working in the Columbia County office in mid-July, according to staff there.
Atchison served as a prosecutor in Columbia County for 18 years before retiring not long after the death of his wife in anticipation of a large shift in the state's Public Employee Retirement System.