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March 05, 2013
DALLAS -- Polk County Deputy District Attorney Matt Jarvis has been named the county's chief deputy district attorney.
District Attorney Aaron Felton announced his appointment last week.
Jarvis replaces former chief deputy Jenn Gaddis, who left the office in October to work for the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries.
"I'm excited," Jarvis said Monday of the appointment. "I've loved being a prosecutor in Polk County. My goal in going to law school was to provide public service and being a prosecutor is the best way I can think of for doing that."
Felton said he had been open to appointing someone already working in the DA's office or bringing in someone from the outside.
However, he said he had no need to look outside the office to find a qualified candidate.
"Not only is Matt a fine prosecutor, but he is someone who obviously has the respect of other members of the office -- both prosecutors and staff -- and of law enforcement," Felton said. "Matt was a very good fit."
The key responsibilities of a chief deputy DA are to fill in when the district attorney is not available and help oversee staff.
"Essentially, he is the second in command," Felton said.
Jarvis joined the DA's office in 2011 and has worked closely with the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team on cases. He also has prosecuted Measure 11 offenses, including serious assaults and sex crimes.
Jarvis graduated from Brigham Young University and Willamette University College of Law. Before taking a position in the DA's office, Jarvis was the deputy city attorney and city prosecutor for the city of Albany from 2006 to 2010.
"I'm happy to be able to add someone with such solid credentials as Matt Jarvis to our management team," Felton said. "Matt brings a great blend of leadership ability and proven skills as an attorney that will continue to benefit the people of Polk County."