John Wentworth is the Clackamas County District Attorney (DA), and joined the office in 1999 after a four-year tenure as a deputy district attorney in Coos County. A Clackamas High School graduate, John is proud to call Clackamas County home again.
John is a career prosecutor with 26 years of experience. As a trial attorney, he developed a reputation for being tough, fair and well-prepared. Over the past 20 years, John has successfully prosecuted some of Clackamas County’s most dangerous offenders — murderers, rapists, domestic violence offenders and child abusers.
Recognized as a statewide expert in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse, John believes in protecting our most vulnerable community members. He successfully led efforts for stronger legislative protections for Oregon’s elders and domestic violence victims. Because collaborative efforts among criminal justice agencies and partners makes for a safer community, John has worked with police officers, probation officers, victim advocates, judges, defense attorneys, legislators, community advocates, and prosecutors from around the state to improve the criminal justice system.
John currently serves our community as a member of the Board of Directors at Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, and as a board member of the Children's Center, an accredited child abuse intervention center.
He is focused on promoting public safety through fair and equal justice and brings solutions to complex issues using data-driven and common-sense approaches. John seeks to address the root causes of crime. As Chief Deputy, he supervised the office’s participation in Clackamas County’s specialty court programs including: Mental Health Court, Adult Drug Court, Community Court, DUII Court and the Domestic Violence Deferred Sentencing Program.
John received his Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University and his Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law.
Awards and Recognition
- Outstanding Victim Advocacy
Crime Victims’ Assistance Network of Oregon
- Public Service Award
Clackamas County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
- Special Service Award
Oregon Health Care Association
- Impact Award
Domestic Violence and Vulnerable Adult Team, Clackamas Women’s Services