Appointment effective since November 1, subject to Senate confirmation
Salem, OR (STL.News) Todd Albert has been named Oregon’s new Public Records Advocate, effective November 1. The Public Records Advisory Council endorsed Albert following the resignation of Becky Chiao, and the Governor’s Office is putting the council’s recommendation of Albert forward for Senate confirmation.
In his role as Public Records Advocate, Albert will provide facilitated dispute resolution services for public records requests and conduct statewide trainings on the requirements and best practices for processing and responding to public records requests.
“Mr. Albert is well-suited for this position, having worked as Deputy Public Records Advocate and Acting Public Records Advocate,” said Governor Brown. “He brings a skill set of strong collaboration and communication—both of which are critical to the functions of this position. I would like to thank the members of the Public Records Advisory Council for their work in making this recommendation.”
Albert joined the Office of the Public Records Advocate as its deputy in September 2018. He is an attorney dedicated to serving in the public interest, including previously as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice, and as Assistant Legal Counsel to the Oregon Judicial Department. Before moving to Oregon, Albert spent the first eleven years of his legal career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York, representing indigent clients in all facets of criminal prosecution. He has also taught courses as a visiting professor in the Indian law program at Lewis and Clark Law School. Albert is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and Boston University.
“As Public Records Advocate, I will continue to provide thoughtful and useful mediations, trainings, and advice about the public records law to public employees and members of the public alike, and I am excited to work with the Public Records Advisory Council to set new priorities and goals moving forward,” said Albert.
Albert’s appointment was effective November 1 and is subject to Senate confirmation.