Governor Tina Kotek appointed Joshua Pond as Columbia County's next District Attorney last week. Mr. Pond's appointment went into effect on Monday, November 13th.
"I was pleased to learn that Governor Kotek had appointed Joshua Pond as the county's next District Attorney," says Casey Garrett, County Commissioner. "During his time with the D.A.'s office, he has developed firm ties with law enforcement and staff. His experience and commitment to justice will make him an excellent District Attorney."
Mr. Pond has been a Deputy District Attorney in the Columbia County District Attorney's office since September 2022. Before joining the D.A.'s Office, he worked in the criminal justice system for nearly 15 years. In addition to his time as an attorney in the justice system, Mr. Pond also operated in the Federal Department of Justice, conducting audits and trainings for specialty court compliance in various states nationwide. He has served on multiple civic boards and committees related to criminal justice at the city, county, and state levels.
"My passion is for seeking justice, and I will put the people of the county first, undertaking cases that will help reduce crime, protect the community, and improve the quality of justice in Columbia County," says Joshua. "My office is ready to work even more closely with community partners, law enforcement, victims, their families, and everyone impacted by criminal justice in Columbia County."
Mr. Pond earned a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School, a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the president of the Columbia County Bar Association and is a member of the Oregon District Attorneys Association.
Born and raised in Texas, Joshua has been a resident of Oregon since 2006. He is married and has four children.
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