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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Laura A. Cromwell to the Jackson County Circuit Court. Ms. Cromwell will fill the vacancy created by Judge Patricia Crain’s retirement. Her appointment is effective September 1.

“Laura Cromwell is a hard-working prosecutor with unbounded talent, who is both compassionate and fair,” Governor Brown said. “I have no doubt that she will serve the people of Jackson County well as a circuit court judge.”

Ms. Cromwell grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before moving to Oregon to attend college at Willamette University. After graduating from Willamette, she earned her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Since 2007, Ms. Cromwell has prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Jackson County. In recent years, she has served as the county’s first Mental Health Deputy District Attorney, representing her office in all mental health related cases, as well as civil commitment hearings.


Chris Pair
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