District Attorney's Office

The District Attorney's Office is dedicated to public safety and quality of life. Our prosecutors hold offenders accountable for their criminal conduct and strive to minimize further trauma to victims. They work closely with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecutorial stages to help promote successful outcomes. The District Attorney’s office wants Umatilla County to be a wonderful and safe place for families, residents and visitors to enjoy.

District Attorney

Daniel R. Primus graduated from law school at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and then went into private practice for a year in Salem until a position came open in his home town of Pendleton, Oregon. He was a Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney for three years before being appointed District Attorney on August 3rd, 2011, and then was elected the District Attorney of Umatilla County on November 6, 2012, and continues on in his current position.

Community Involvement

  • Coaches youth basketball and baseball
  • Current board member of Pendleton Basketball Club
  • Former board member of Pendleton Little League Association
  • Former board member of Pendleton Youth Football

Professional Involvement

  • Multi-Disciplinary Team, Chair
  • Prison Advisory Committee Board, Member
  • Guardian Care Center Board (child abuse assessment center), Treasurer
  • Violence Against Women Act Review Committee, Member
  • Law Enforcement Administrator Association, Chair
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Counsel, Member
  • DUII Victim Impact Panel, Director

  • Participates in a local radio talk show program KUMA once a month
  • Speaks and coordinates the District Attorney’s portion of Leadership Pendleton
  • Speaks at the High School about effects of drinking and driving