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Deschutes County DA ousted after contentious term

BEND, Ore. - A former Bend City Council member who made an issue of what he called a "toxic" environment in the Deschutes County district attorney's office has unseated Patrick Flaherty as prosecutor.

The challenger, John Hummel, won handily, 60 percent to 40 percent.

Four years ago, Flaherty defeated a longtime district attorney, Mike Dugan.

During the term, the Bend Bulletin reports, five former or current members of Flaherty's staff filed lawsuits against him, resulting in more than $1 million in settlements.

Flaherty said he'd run a traditional office, focusing on prosecuting criminals.

Hummel said he would focus more on collaboration with outside agencies, managing the office and establishing programs to prevent crime.


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