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Salem, OR—Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced that he will be accepting applications to fill a vacancy in the office of the Public Records Advocate, which was created by SB 106 (2017). Secretary Richardson is the chair of the Public Records Advisory Council, which will consider applications and forward three nominees to Governor Kate Brown. The nominee appointed by the Governor must be confirmed by the Oregon Senate before taking office.

The Public Records Advocate will provide facilitated dispute resolution services for public records requests and conduct trainings on the requirements and best practices for processing and responding to public records requests. The Public Records Advocate will be appointed to a four-year term, will be located in the State Archives Building, and will serve in the unclassified service. The Public Records Advocate will be responsible for setting up the new Public Records Advocate Office, hiring a deputy, and overseeing a legislatively approved budget of $633,187 for the 2017-19 biennium.

The Public Records Advocate's salary and benefit package has not been finalized but will be decided by the Public Records Advisory Council and Department of Administrative Services. The position is expected to be filled at the equivalent of a Principle Executive Manager G Level, which has a salary range that varies between $7,352 and $13,816 per month.

Senate Bill 106 requires applicants to be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar. Desired attributes include experience with facilitated dispute resolution or other mediation, conducting public trainings, and managing a small group of employees. Attorneys in good standing with the Oregon State Bar with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply, especially veterans.

Interested applicants should email applications to: Melissa Gubbels, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Office of the Secretary of State, at: melissa.j.gubbels@oregon.gov Applications are due by 11:00 p.m. on October 1, 2017. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (or excerpt) that is no longer than five pages.

The Public Records Advisory Council will meet in the State Archives Building within ten business days to decide which applicants to interview. Section 9 of SB 106 requires the Council to hold its first meeting within ten business days of Senate confirmation of Council members, which occurred on September 19, 2017. The Secretary of State's office is currently reaching out to newly appointed Council members to determine scheduling.

For questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Gubbels at 503-986-2169. For questions about the Public Records Advisory Council, please contact Steve Elzinga at 503-986-2259.

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