(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Ann Marie G. Simmons to fill the vacancy on the Douglas County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Ronald Poole.
“Ann Marie Simmons brings deep experience in criminal and juvenile law, having worked on both the prosecution and defense side of the system,” Governor Kitzhaber said. “But above all else, she brings a thoughtful, consistent approach to the rule of law and a respect for the people and the circumstances which bring them into court. I am confident that Ann Marie will continue to serve the people of Douglas County and the State of Oregon with honor and distinction.”
Ms. Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Kansas and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Washington University. After law school, she worked in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for over a decade as a prosecutor, including four years in the Juvenile Department. In 2010, she joined the Umpqua Valley Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Simmons is active in a number of community activities, including serving on the Douglas County Library Foundation Board and on the board of her children’s school.
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