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  • Prosecutor Markiewicz selected for promotion

  • District Attorney-elect Beth Heckert has selected prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz to serve as her chief deputy district attorney when she vacates the position to take over Jackson County's top spot in law enforcement.
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  • District Attorney-elect Beth Heckert has selected prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz to serve as her chief deputy district attorney when she vacates the position to take over Jackson County's top spot in law enforcement.
    Markiewicz, 34, will serve as Heckert's second-in-command as she moves up a slot to replace District Attorney Mark Huddleston, who will retire in December after almost two decades at the helm of the DA's office.
    "I thought he was the best-qualified person for the job," Heckert said. She said there were "other good applicants" for the position, but Markiewicz's legal and people skills made him the best choice.
    Markiewicz joined the DA's office seven years ago, after graduating from the University of Colorado Law School. Markiewicz will take his new position on Dec. 31.
    "Beth needs somebody loyal to her, and with the best interests of Jackson County's citizens and the DA's office," Markiewicz said. "Somebody with a great work ethic."
    Huddleston gave Heckert his endorsement in the three-way race against challengers Rob Patridge, district director for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, and one of her colleagues, Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe. Heckert trounced her opponents, garnering 54.2 percent of the vote in the May primary and negating the need for a November run-off.
    The duties of the chief deputy include training attorneys and police, skills at which Markiewicz excels, Heckert said.
    "He is excellent at these things," Heckert said. "And that is important to the DA's office and to the community."
    Markiewicz said he enjoys mentoring, and that he is looking forward to "building strong relationships with the police."
    Markiewicz gave credit to former prosecutor and current Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack for mentoring him when he first arrived at the DA's office.
    "A lot of the things I (know about trying cases), I learned from Judge Tim Barnack," Markiewicz said.
    Markiewicz's current case load focuses on financial crimes, such as racketeering. He has also successfully handled homicides, including two murder trials this past year. Mitchell Alan Below was found guilty of murder in the March 2011 strangulation death of his girlfriend Bonnie Susan Payne. And Michael Joseph-Gregory Seems was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the killing of 18-year-old Ted Miguel Sanchez.
    "I realize I'm pretty young. But I've tried a lot of cases," Markiewicz said.
    Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.
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