District Attorney


The Wheeler County District Attorney is Gretchen Ladd.

The District Attorney prosecutes cases in three courts - Oregon State Circuit Court, Fossil Justice Court, and Mitchell Justice Court. The variety of cases fills the spectrum of criminal law.

The Office also handles cases in Juvenile Court, conducts meetings for the Multi-Disciplinary Team on Child Abuse, assists and advises the employees of the Sheriff's Office, works with the Oregon State Police in the region of North Central Oregon, and is active on committees and projects in the entire community of Wheeler County.


Questions and comments are always welcome in the DA's Office in the Courthouse. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch), Monday through Friday. Gretchen has an open-door policy at all times, so please call the office or stop in anytime




Public Notice from the District Attorney 8/7/2020


“Wheeler County MDT is hosting a training about child and elder abuse reporting:


6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the Mitchell Community Hall

6:00 pm Tuesday, September 1 at The Rock in Spray 

6:00 pm Tuesday, September 8 at Isabel Edwards Hall in Fossil. 


Public and private officials need annual updates for mandatory reporting of child abuse and elder abuse as suspected child abuse and elder abuse must be reported 


The public is also welcome to attend to learn about signs of abuse, what to do about it and who to call.


The MDT is the multidisciplinary team including the sheriff’s office, court appointed special advocates for children (CASA), and the district attorney’s office.”



Oregon State Bar Association


Contact Information 


Monday - Friday 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 


District Attorney 

Re-Elected:  05/19/2020

Term Ends:   2024

Gretchen Ladd

701 Adams St.

P.O. Box 512

Fossil, OR 97830

Phone: (541) 763-4207

Fax: (541) 763-2186