Bovett has spent the past 21 years working as a lawyer with Lincoln County, first as assistant county counsel, and since 2009 as district attorney.
Over the years, Bovett has been involved in many local and state issues through task forces, special committees, and projects, such as the Governor’s Meth Task Force, the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, the CoastNet fiber optic project, and the responsible development of ocean wave energy. He presently serves as one of 13 members of the Oregon Health Authority’s rules and advisory committee for the new medical marijuana law set to take effect early next year.
Mike McArthur, executive director of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) said the association hired Bovett as its legal counsel and policy manager. “Rob brings a depth of experience on legal matters and public policy issues that will be of great benefit to all Oregon counties,” McArthur said. “We look forward to bringing him on board in January.”
Bovett was reelected to a second term as district attorney in 2012. Although chosen by Lincoln County residents, the district attorney is a state employee and Kitzhaber will appoint his successor.
”I strongly encourage you to appoint my Chief Deputy, Michelle Branam, as the next Lincoln County District Attorney,” Bovett wrote Kitzhaber in his Nov. 12 resignation letter. “Michelle has demonstrated the skills and talents necessary to do the job, and is committed to continuing our work to modernize and improve the justice system in Lincoln County.”