Governor Brown Announces Appointment to Crook/Jefferson County Judicial District Bench
(Salem, OR) — On June 20, Governor Kate Brown announced she will appoint Daina A. Vitolins as a judge on Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court. The 22nd Judicial District encompasses Crook and Jefferson counties. Ms. Vitolins will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. Ms. Vitolins’ appointment will be effective immediately upon Judge Williams’ retirement, on July 1, 2017.
“Daina Vitolins has been serving the people of Central Oregon as a prosecutor in Crook County for more than a decade,” Governor Brown said. “She has earned a reputation as a passionate advocate for the rule of law and the public good. Her commitment to justice will enrich the bench of Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District.”
Ms. Vitolins is currently the District Attorney of Crook County, a position she has held since 2008. She is the immediate past president of the Oregon District Attorney’s Association. She worked as a deputy district attorney from 2006 to 2008. Before moving to Central Oregon in 2006, Ms. Vitolins worked for several years at the Oregon Department of Justice in Salem, as a deputy district attorney in Polk County, and, early in her career, as a staff attorney at Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service. She attended law school at Willamette University and earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of Idaho.