Occupation: Deputy District Attorney, Deschutes
County, 2000-present; Husband and father; Youth soccer and little league coach;
Occupational Background: Deputy District Attorney for Yamhill County, 1995-2000; Multnomah County District Attorneys Office, 1994; Chemistry Department at Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, Portland General Electric, 1990-1993; U.S. Navy, Submarine Naval Officer, 1984-1990.
Educational Background: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Juris Doctorate, 1994; Santa Clara University, B.S. Chemistry, 1984; Hillsboro High School, 1980; Member of U.S. Patent Bar.
Prior Governmental Experience: Prosecutor for the State of Oregon; U.S. Naval Officer.
I am seeking the position of Circuit Court Judge to effect needed changes in our judicial system, to provide increased access to the courts, and to provide timely and decisive decision making to all the people of Deschutes County.
Currently, I prosecute major felony crimes for Deschutes County. I have tried over 130 jury trials, including; murder, felony assaults, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, driving under the influence, and drug cases. I have worked closely with local police agencies in Deschutes County and was honored as prosecutor of the year in 2001 and shared the honor in 2002.
Currently, our courts are struggling to keep up with the number of crimes being committed in our community. The number of civil cases continues to increase and the opportunity to have your case heard diminishes with time. Let me be clear, no one person is to blame, but changes are needed.
As Circuit Court Judge, I would make sound rulings in accordance with the laws of Oregon and reduce the number of cases piling up in the system. The duties of a Judge are not to please people but to rule on the law and ensure justice for all. Change is not easy and requires fresh ideas and perspective.
It would be an honor and a privilege to serve as Circuit Court Judge, Thank you.
(This information furnished by Thomas M. Spear Jr.)