Multnomah County's next district attorney is steaming forward — tackling promised reforms ahead of his first day on the job.
On Wednesday, July 8, DA-elect Mike Schmidt announced a chorus of prominent community voices who will serve as his transition advisory team. Schmidt says the advisers will provide input for potential reforms to the criminal justice system between now and the end of the year.
"Throughout the campaign — and especially in the weeks following the death of George Floyd — I heard loud and clear that Multnomah County voters are ready for major criminal justice reform," he said in a release. "I am convening this diverse group of community leaders to help me envision exactly what that change should look like."
Schmidt is set to be appointed district attorney by Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 1, filling out the tail-end of retiring DA Rod Underhill's term. Schmidt was elected by the voters in May to replace Underhill, and will begin his first full term in the new year.
The 13-member advisory team includes a who's who list of officials from local organizations, but a news release says each member is serving in a personal capacity.
"Each person on this team brings valuable experiences and perspectives, and I'm thankful they have agreed to join me in this endeavor," Schmidt said.
The transition team includes Rukaiyah Adams, Meyer Memorial Trust; Antoinette Edwards, Portland Office of Youth Violence Intervention, retired; Stephen Fowler, Resolutions NW; Mike Golub, Portland Timbers; Erin Greenawald, victims rights attorney and Board President, Oregon Crime Victims Law Center; Sybil Hebb, Oregon Law Center; Kayse Jama, Unite Oregon; Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, Latino Network; Kevin Modica, legislative assistant/policy adviser and Assistant Chief Portland Police Bureau, retired; Eddy Morales, Gresham City Councilor and East County Rising founder; Kaia Sand, Street Roots; Chanpone Sinlapasai, immigration attorney; and Lamar Wise, Oregon AFSCME.
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