OREGON DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
WILLIAM B. PORTER
TILLAMOOK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
WHY DID YOU BECOME A PROSECUTOR?
Based largely on my experiences as a student at the U of O School of Law in the early 1980s. From my First Year Criminal Procedure class, I was hooked on Criminal Law. I was raised with a strong sense of right and wrong as well as the obligation to help others, so prosecution naturally became my goal. A semester as a 3rd Year Certified Law Clerk at the Union County DA’s Office in 1982 confirmed my decision. This was my chance to do something that really mattered, making sure the right thing happened and people were protected from criminals.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
Explaining to folks how the criminal justice system really works in general and how that applies to their case. Also helping law enforcement navigate the complex rules of evidence to make the strongest case possible. Training young attorneys how to be a good prosecutor, one that seeks justice.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR WORK?
Telling victims of violent crime how little can happen to the criminals who harmed them and how limited my powers really are. People deserve to know the truth, even if it’s unpleasant. Thank goodness for Ballot Measure 11.
WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND THE WORK YOU DO?
I’ve been with the Tillamook County DA’s Office about 34 yrs. I worked my way up from junior DDA to become the elected DA. Tillamook is a wonderful place to live and start a family. Like my hometown in Indiana, this is a small rural community largely focused on agriculture. My family has strong ties to farming, and I share those values. My wife Jodi and I live south of town out in the country, where we raised our three children.
DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE?
Being on-call pretty much 24/7 doesn’t leave much time after family. I’m a Spl. Deputy with the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office. I also sit on the Pleasant Valley Water Board.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING HOBBIES, SKILLS OR TALENTS?
I collect guns, play guitar (badly…), ride motorcycles, and work on cars. Oh, and I raise sheep!
OF THE WORK OF YOUR OFFICE, WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
The wonderful relationship that we have with law enforcement. How accessible we are to the public. How responsive our Victim’s Assistance Program is helping crime victims. How much child support we collect for the kids in Tillamook.
Diversion Programs and/or Alternative Sentencing Programs and Community Engagement Programs.
To demonstrate my commitment to the community, I’ve not bought into the trend of special ‘boutique’ courts and alternative sentencing programs pushed out of Salem. That’s an easy out. Criminals need to be held accountable, not provided with excuses for their acts.