By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Commissioners set to name new counsel

He is already serving in an acting capacity, and they plan to extend an offer to make that permanent.

Assuming he accepts, Boenisch will replace Rick Sanai, who submitted his resignation June 6, after being disbarred in the state of Washington by the Washington Supreme Court. The court upheld the Washington State Bar Association on all nine counts of a disciplinary finding alleging “blatant misconduct.”

Although that decision does not automatically mean Sanai will also be disbarred in Oregon, the two bar associations have an agreement to accept each other’s factual conclusions. That means the Oregon State Bar only has one thing to consider — whether disbarment would also be the appropriate sanction here for the offenses, or whether lesser penalties might suffice.

Boenisch, a native of Newberg, holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law.

He began his law career with the Oregon Department of Justice in 1998. He later served as house counsel for Lithia Motors of Medford and practiced with the Portland firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick.

Before joining the county in November 2010, he maintained a private practice, specializing in contract law.

Sanai joined the county’s legal staff as deputy counsel in 1999. He was selected to head the office in 2010, when John Gray retired.

The board also plans to:

n Adopt a $91 million general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

n Hold a name-clearing hearing for former Deputy Sheriff Thomas Hoy.

n Continue a public hearing on a Newberg Urban Growth Boundary proposal.


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