Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Raymond Crutchley, a prosecutor in Bend, to the Deschutes County Circuit Court. Mr. Crutchley will fill the vacancy created by Judge Alta Brady's retirement, effective immediately. He is the first African American to serve as a judge east of Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
“Ray Crutchley is a person of unbounded talent, energy, and passion, who embodies the very essence of the American dream,” Governor Brown said. “His diverse life experiences and commitment to justice will serve him well on the bench, allowing him to connect with a wide range of litigants who appear in his courtroom.”
Born and raised in Jamaica—in a home without indoor plumbing—Mr. Crutchley immigrated to New York at age eleven with his single mother. He joined the military during college, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Mr. Crutchley returned to school and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Queens College in 1995. He then moved to Portland, earning his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1999.
After a judicial clerkship with Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Bagley, Jr., Mr. Crutchley practiced in Northeast Portland and Hillsboro for more than a decade, representing underserved clients in criminal defense and civil matters. Since 2015, he has prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Deschutes County.