Vasquez shaking things up

Nathan Vasquez, Multnomah County District Attorney-elect
Nathan Vasquez, Multnomah County District Attorney-elect

Multnomah County District Attorney-elect Nathan Vasquez does not take office until next January, but is already shaking up the County Courthouse. Vasquez, currently a senior deputy DA, has requested an additional $782,000 from the county commissioners to help prosecute drug crimes, gun violence crimes, juvenile case management and increased victim assistance services.

Several defendants’ rights groups have written a letter to County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson criticizing the proposed increase, according to media outlets. 

Vasquez’s request would come from the county’s proposed $3.96 million budget.

Jessica Vega Pedersen, Multnomah County Commission chair
Jessica Vega Pedersen, Multnomah County Commission chair