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U.S. senators, others nominate people to fill position left vacant by Billy Williams' resignation.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams talks with then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a 2017 visit to Portland.Eight months after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, the Department of Justice is officially considering a nominee for the job of U.S. attorney for Oregon.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, appointed in 2017 by then-President Donald Trump, resigned Feb. 28 at Biden's request. Williams' tenure was marked by clashes with Portland and Bend officials over operations by federal officers in the cities. Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Asphaug has been in charge of the office over the past six months.

Officially, candidates who want to be considered for the position can submit applications to a selection committee created by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

Among those under consideration are Deschutes County district attorney John Hummel, who has expressed interest in the position.

Applicants should contact Elise Gaffney in Wyden's office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 30.


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