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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge has been appointed chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Gov. John Kitzhaber made the announcement Friday, 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 and 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.

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