Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge has been appointed chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Gov. John Kitzhaber made the announcement today, saying Patridge has the skill to bring different parties together to find solutions.
This is the third time Kitzhaber has appointed the former Republican legislator to a position in less than a year.
He put Patridge on the board in October, then chose him for the district attorney job in April.
The OLCC has been without a permanent director since the governor forced Steve Pharo into retirement last year. Merle Lindsey is running the agency on an interim basis.
Patridge is a former Medford City Council member and state representative who worked as a deputy district attorney in Jackson County for three years in the 1990s and ran unsuccessfully for Jackson County District Attorney in 2012. He also has worked as general counsel for Pacific Retirement Services, parent company of Rogue Valley Manor, and district director for Congressman Greg Walden.