New Klamath County District Attorney Sworn In

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, April 8 2013 at 3:26 PM, Updated: Mon, April 8 2013 at 3:34 PM

A former State Representative is now the lead prosecutor for Klamath County.

Rob Patridge was sworn in as Klamath County District Attorney this morning.

Patridge says budget issues will be his first priority...

"We're facing potentially a loss of two deputy district attorneys, which would mean we really wouldn't have enough attorneys to even cover the amount of judges here in Klamath County."

Patridge says his second priority is getting to know his staff, and those he'll be working with, such as Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah...

"He came over to the house, and we sat down, and had a cup of coffee, and chatted for a good hour, anyway - very good."  Noted Skrah.  "It speaks a lot for the man when he reaches out to everybody in law enforcement."

For now, Patridge says he plans to commute from his home in Medford...

"My kids have to finish out school, and I'm going to let them finish out school there in Jackson County.  We're just going to take this all day by day."

And for the first time in over four months, Klamath County has a District Attorney.

Patridge was appointed to the position on Friday by Governor Kitzhaber, to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of former D.A. Ed Caleb, who stepped down at the start of the year due to health concerns.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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