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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Todd L. Van Rysselberghe to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Mr. Van Rysselberghe will fill the vacancy created by Judge Robert D. Herndon's retirement, which takes effect June 30, 2018. The appointment is effective immediately thereafter.

“Todd Van Rysselberghe's extensive experience in family law, his passion for serving Clackamas County, and his judicial temperament will serve him well as a circuit court judge,” Governor Brown said. “Given his skills and experience, including years of service as a volunteer pro tem judge, I have no doubt that Todd will serve the people of Clackamas County well.”

For nearly thirty years, Mr. Van Rysselberghe practiced as a litigator at Kennedy Watts Arellano LLP, specializing in domestic relations matters. He previously clerked for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Herrell, after earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

In recent years, Mr. Van Rysselberghe has volunteered as a circuit court judge pro tem in Clackamas County, assisting the court with its juvenile drug court, attendance court, and domestic relations motion docket. He also has served as a pro tem judge in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Governor Brown also today announced that she will appoint Kevin E. Barton to be District Attorney of Washington County. Mr. Barton ran for the position in the May primary election and won with 68.4 percent of the vote. After the election, incumbent District Attorney Bob Hermann announced his plan to retire early, effective June 30, 2018. The appointment of Mr. Barton is effective immediately thereafter.

Mr. Barton has been a prosecutor in Washington County since 2007, except for a period of six months in 2012. He earlier worked at the Portland law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. He attended Gonzaga University and University of Notre Dame Law School.


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