Coughlan hired for circuit court post

Cheryl Coughlan (left) was being trained this week by Tracey Hall for her new job in the Wallowa County Circuit Court office. Photo by Elane Dickenson

Cheryl Coughlan, former Wallowa County Multi-Agency Victims Advocate, started work this week as the new Court Operations Specialist II in the office of the Wallowa County Circuit Court.

She replaces Klista Steinbeck, who moved to Kalispell, Mont., in June with husband Nathan and their two children.

When the 24-hour-a week position was advertised it attracted 49 applicants, 10 of whom were interviewed last month.

Coughlan joins office manager Jary Homan, a Court Operations Specialist III who has been with the circuit court for eight year, and Tracey Hall, Courts Operations Specialist II for the past two and a half years. Hall has been working full time this summer but will also fall back to 24 hours per week again after Coughlan's training is completed.

Each woman will work three days a week, Coughlan Monday through Wednesday and Hall Wednesday through Friday.

Coughlan's victim advocate position has been axed due to a lack of funding.

Coughlan and her husband, Brian, a landscaper at Eastern Oregon Nurseries, have one daughter, Ella, 2 1/2. The couple moved to Wallowa County from Brooklyn, N.Y., when Ella was an infant.

Coughlan was the victim's advocate in the district attorney's for about nine months before becoming the multi-agency victim's advocate in January this year.

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