Paige is the current Elected District Attorney of Marion County since 2019 (first appointed in 2018). She is a 1999 graduate of Willamette University College of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since that time, Paige has served as the President of the Oregon District Attorney's Association since 2019 and regularly works to promote r
Paige is the current Elected District Attorney of Marion County since 2019 (first appointed in 2018). She is a 1999 graduate of Willamette University College of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since that time, Paige has served as the President of the Oregon District Attorney's Association since 2019 and regularly works to promote responsible public safety policy at our State Legislature. She currently serves on the Chief Justice Advisory Committee, the statewide Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, the Marion County Public Safety Advisory Committee and our local Justice Reinvestment Council. She has served on the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board, and continues to lend her expertise on numerous statewide workgroups to improve law enforcement policy.
Paige's entire career has been committed to the District Attorney's Office and she has worked tirelessly for over two decades holding offenders accountable on behalf of our community and especially for victims of crime. She has been at the Marion County District Attorney's Office since 1997 starting as a law clerk, then becoming a line attorney, a senior Deputy District Attorney and was promoted to Trial Team Leader over a decade before being elected as our District Attorney.
Paige is an enthusiastic supporter of Liberty House, CASA of Marion/Polk Counties, the Center for Hope and Safety as well as Catholic Community Services and the Union Gospel Mission.
Paige calls South Salem her home and lives there with her husband who is both the Black Butte Ranch Chief of Police and a Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, their four teenagers and a plethora of furry moochers, including two lawn-mowing goats named Cagney & Lacey.
*Accountability-It is the obligation of the District Attorney to hold offenders accountable when our laws are violated. The safety of our community requires a commitment to the principles of law and order and a fidelity to victims of crime in both the charging and sentencing of crime. Under Paige's leadership, our community has a truste
*Accountability-It is the obligation of the District Attorney to hold offenders accountable when our laws are violated. The safety of our community requires a commitment to the principles of law and order and a fidelity to victims of crime in both the charging and sentencing of crime. Under Paige's leadership, our community has a trusted, tested, experienced prosecutor who understands the importance of accountability and has proven herself to be dedicated to the safety of Marion County. Paige knows what it takes to keep our community safe.
*Experienced Leadership – The complexities of the District Attorney’s Office demand a strong leader. Throughout her tenure, Paige has demonstrated the vision and guidance necessary to direct the growth of a diverse and challenging office. As District Attorney, Paige leads over 150 employees and volunteers and manages a 13 million dollar budget to handle the over 10,000 criminal cases reviewed every year. Paige is instrumental in collaborating with other local law enforcement leaders to craft local public safety policy and has shaped legislation to better serve victims, protect minimum sentences for the most violent of crimes and use jail and prison responsibly to protect our community.
Paige's career reflects both an unparalleled breadth of understanding regarding the job of the District Attorney, and the depth of compassion necessary to help those in our community affected by crime. Paige has successfully prosecuted everything from DUII to Murder, navigated the criminal justice system with countless victims, and has developed vital connections with key law enforcement partners in our community. Paige is widely regarded as a crucial, decisive and knowledgeable partner among police agencies in Marion County.
*Integrity – Paige is respected by her legal colleagues and community members alike for her tested, trustworthy record and a commitment to continue to ensure accountability for criminal offenders through the enforcement of the law, responding to the concerns of victims and the public, and working in cooperation with all members of the justice system.
*The Right Balance to Protect Our Community
Under DA Clarkson's leadership, the Marion County District Attorney's Office continues the work of always doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. With Paige at the helm of both Marion County and the statewide Oregon District Attorney's Association, the Marion County DA's
*The Right Balance to Protect Our Community
Under DA Clarkson's leadership, the Marion County District Attorney's Office continues the work of always doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. With Paige at the helm of both Marion County and the statewide Oregon District Attorney's Association, the Marion County DA's Office is widely regarded as a criminal justice leader in the state and serves as a model of fairness and reformative programming for victims and criminal defendants alike. Her dedication to our community's safety is evident in her strong belief in accountability for violent offenders while still exercising empathy for those struggling with addiction and mental illness. She understands the need to balance innovative reform efforts with the tough and decisive prosecution of dangerous offenders.
*Continue the mission of serving victims of crime by maintaining one of the best victim assistance divisions in the state.
*Supporting at-risk children and families through innovative multi-disciplinary teams that encourage health, safety and growth for child victims and reform for juvenile offenders to avoid future contact with the criminal justice system.
*Prioritizing violent crime and ensuring the correct budgetary resources are dedicated to successful prosecutions.
*Engaging Treatment. Paige was the architect of Marion County's belief in treatment first for those whose addictions drive illegal choices. Recent changes in the law have hampered law enforcement's ability to engage with those suffering from substance use disorder but under Paige's leadership, non-violent offenders with addiction and mental health issues will still be diverted from jail to heathier lives through programs that reward treatment and sobriety. Paige was essential in the local creation of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in our county that has helped countless members of our community find health and healing because of a compassionate connection with our public safety system. Paige will continue to promote and support successful programs like LEAD not because it satisfies a national narrative, but because it's the right thing to do.
*Innovative Programming. Because of her career-long commitment to law enforcement and public safety, Paige has seen first-hand the positive results of compassion for those whose prior trauma has led to criminal choices. Marion County has found great success in treatment courts for Veterans, as well as those with Mental Health Concerns and Drug Addiction. Those programs cannot exist without the support and collaboration from DA Clarkson's office and these successful efforts will continue to be prioritized under Paige's leadership.
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Paige is not just a lawyer in the District Attorney's Office. She is a resident of our county, a mother of four children who attend the Salem-Keizer Public Schools and whose growth and health in our community is a priority to her, and a supporter of many Marion County organizations that seek to better our community at large.
Examples of Her Community Interests and Activities Include:
In Marion County, the District Attorney's Office is comprised of several different important sections that respond to crime and affect the lives of residents:
Paige is proud of the work these lawyers do every day on behalf of their community, showing compassion to victims of crime and working collaboratively with criminal justice system partners to improve the lives of Marion County residents. Paige has made it a goal to continue to promote this important effort.
In Marion County, the District Attorney's Office umbrella extends over several other important services. Our county would not function without them.
Paige is excited to continue to promote the important work of these divisions. She plans to support the efforts of these specially trained individuals in doing their work. Marion County needs these unique services and Paige is the DA Candidate who knows the challenges of these areas and can continue to elevate their vital endeavors.
Paige has been fortunate to directly participate in the specialty court process. This gives her valuable insight into the unique needs of individuals struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. These programs do not work without DA leadership.
The Marion County Judicial System has an established history of recognizing that not all criminal defendants are the same. A strong criminal justice system seeks to understand the root causes for certain criminal behavior and works collaboratively with community partners to obtain services for those who want to change.
THREE specialty courts in Marion County do just that. In VETERAN'S COURT, DRUG COURT AND MENTAL HEALTH COURT, defendants with addiction and mental health challenges who might otherwise be facing incarceration, are instead provided with intense supervision and treatment to get healthy and move forward toward productive, crime-free lives.
Paige is the lead attorney in Veteran's Court and has witnessed firsthand how such programs change lives. Further, as the wife of a combat veteran, she is uniquely suited for that position and understanding the challenges faced by those who have served. Paige is also the supervisor of the drug prosecution team whose participation in drug court is vital to its success. She aims to continue the DA's role in all three important courts.
Paige considers herself fortunate to work in a county that values the DA's role in creating, maintaining and promoting progressive programs that not only address crime but attempt to quell recidivism, over-incarceration, and future victimization.
Marion County criminal justice services (including the Sheriff's Office, Parole and Probation and the Circuit Courts) have partnered with community services and the DA's office to focus on programs that address the genesis of many criminal acts and seek to prevent future commission of crime. These efforts include:
Paige has prioritized these programs as District Attorney because they help keep us safe.
Paige's 20 years of experience in the DA's Office provides her with a thorough understanding of the role of the DA in our criminal justice system. She is a strong voice for victims, a thoughtful advocate in the courtroom, and a compassionate community -minded prosecutor. Paige knows this job and the vast responsibility that comes with it.
The District Attorney's duty is to follow the law and hold offenders accountable as dictated by the statutes passed in the Oregon State Legislature. These laws are a stable force that seek to treat people fairly and consistently. The work of the DA, therefore, cannot shift easily with public opinion but rather is guided by laws governing what is considered criminal behavior and what the proper consequences should be for violating that rule of law.
The DA works closely with every law enforcement agency in each jurisdiction to review police investigations, apply the law and prosecute those responsible. The DA makes the charging decision and is responsible for representing the State in court throughout the process, but each criminal defendant has constitutional rights guaranteeing representation by a defense lawyer, trial by a jury of his or her peers, judicial oversight by an elected judge whose rulings control the evidence, and appellate rights in higher courts that ensure a fair and impartial system. The DA carries a heavy burden, namely to prove each case beyond a reasonable doubt. Such a burden is unmatched in any system in the world.
The DA is thus an important partner in the criminal justice process but does not have the final say in the result of any prosecuted case. The American Criminal Justice System is specifically designed to balance that power.
Paige is committed to the law and the DA's role both in holding people accountable within its bounds and working within the legal process and alongside community partners to effectuate just results. As District Attorney, Paige is a public service leader and is committed to continue to serve our community as she continues to lead the DA's Office into the future.
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Paige and Sheriff Jason Myers discussed law enforcement concerns in light of the opioid epidemic. A new approach can make a difference for our community.
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