Long-serving child abuse prosecutor in Portland resigns, citing DA Mike Schmidt as one of the reasons

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On Monday, Amber Kinney, who served as a Multnomah county Deputy District Attorney for 13 years, handed in her resignation, citing issues that include District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s lack of leadership.

“Please consider this letter my official notice of resignation. After nearly 13 years as a Deputy District Attorney, and despite loving my job, I am no longer willing to continue at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. By way of explanation and with the hope of fostering improvement for the future of our office, I will provide my reasoning,” the letter begins.

Kinney made note that her resignation was not due to “philosophical differences between your vision and my own.”

“To the contrary, I believe change is long overdue and had hoped I would be part of the move into a more progressive, equitable, just and effective criminal justice system. I was looking forward to partnering with you to implement some of the ideas you expressed in your campaign,” she wrote.

“However, the last 18 months have brought some aspects of your leadership and our office into clear focus,” she continued.

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