OREGON DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
GILLIAM COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
WHY DID YOU BECOME A PROSECUTOR?
My motivation as an attorney has always been to help people find solutions to problems or recourse for injustices. When the opportunity arose to become a prosecutor, I saw it as an opportunity to help more people.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
First, achieving justice for victims. Second, seeing positive behavior change by adults and juveniles accused of crime after their cases are concluded.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR WORK?
Making decisions that balance the different interests of the persons impacted by crime and criminal justice including the victims, defendants, the community, and law enforcement. Then effectively communicating the basis for those decisions to each constituency.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
Justice and fairness are the guiding principles. It’s not about winning or losing. This means taking the time to understand the best outcome for the public good in each case.
DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE?
I believe it is important to be an active part of the community that I serve. Aside from everyday community involvement, I have volunteered for different organizations over my career. For example, I served on the board of the local Community Development Corporation dedicated to increasing and improving affordable housing. I also served as board member and past chair of a nonprofit assisted living home. I also contribute my time to charitable activities sponsored by the local Elks Lodge.
OF THE WORK OF YOUR OFFICE, WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
Victim Services. The entire office is committed to caring about, assisting, and supporting victims of crime.
Diversion Programs and/or Alternative Sentencing Programs and Community Engagement Programs.
My office often proposes or agrees to diversion sentences for crimes involving drug abuse, mental health issues, first time
non-violent criminal offenders, and other non-violent crimes motivated more by age and immaturity than predatory behavior. Any program that helps mitigate behavioral problems is also likely to reduce crime. These diversion programs include treatment, counseling, and community service and reward defendants for success through sentencing reductions or dismissal of their cases.