OCCUPATION: Josephine County District Attorney, November 1999 to present.
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: custodian; construction; gas pipeline installation; car sales; car/truck rental rep; active duty and reserve Naval Officer; private law practice; Deputy District Attorney for Josephine County.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Madison High School (Portland, OR--1965); University of Oregon (Bachelor of Arts in history with minor in Russian--1969); University of Oregon Law (Juris Doctor--1975); University of Oregon (accounting--1976).
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: retired Lt. Commander Naval Reserve, intelligence officer (21 years); Deputy District Attorney for Josephine County from August 1977, until November 1999; Board of Directors for the Children's Advocacy and Treatment Center.
Clay Johnson has prosecuted criminal matters ranging from minor traffic matters to complicated sexual assaults and murders. He has chaired the child sexual abuse team and was one of the persons responsible for bringing a children's advocacy center to Josephine County. He managed the child support division of the District Attorney's office and significantly increased child support collections. Clay Johnson will use his experience to hold criminals accountable.
The district attorney is an individual who has significant influence on the lives of the citizens of Josephine County. Clay Johnson accepts that responsibility. He will discharge the duties of the office as fairly as humanly possible. Clay Johnson will not allow "politically correct" pressures to dictate prosecution policies.
DOLLAR AND CENTS
Clay Johnson believes government officials should be as careful in spending the public's money as they would be in spending their own (maybe even more careful). The funds the citizens provide for prosecutor's office must be used to provide the most service for every dollar.
Serving victims of crime is one of the core duties of the district attorney. Clay Johnson knows nothing can right the wrong inflicted upon a victim, but he pledges to use his office to make victims as financially and emotionally whole as the law allows.
(This information furnished by Clay Johnson.)
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