A member of the Oregon Air National Guard was appointed to fill the vacancy created by retiring Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Richard B. Rambo.
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Lt. Col. Dan Bunch, of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls to the position Dec. 4.
The Governor said Bunch's extensive knowledge of civil and criminal court will be an asset to Klamath County and the state.
Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, said the appointment is a win for the citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen of the Oregon National Guard, but also for the people of southern Oregon.
"LTC Bunch is a great example of the citizen-soldier concept," Rees said. "He is a dedicated public servant in the Oregon National Guard. Likewise he will be a dedicated and effective member of the Circuit Court."
Bunch has a Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Virginia. He has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Guam and Alaska, and a criminal prosecutor in Alaska. He has worked in private practice with the Klamath Falls firm of Brandsness, Brandsness, Rudd & Bunch, and has served as Klamath County Counsel since 2006.
Bunch served in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1994, and the U.S. Air Force from 1994 to 1998. Since 2000, he has served as Staff Judge Advocate for the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, and was recently selected for the rank of colonel.
He is active in the Klamath County community as a board member of the Citizens for Safe Schools and an adjunct professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He is scheduled to be sworn into his new position as Klamath County Circuit Court Judge later this month.
Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager
(Photo courtesy of 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)