DA's Office Employee Spotlight - John Wentworth

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The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office provides leadership, accountability, and high-quality service in a fair and just manner so that those who live, work, and play in Clackamas County can enjoy a safe and livable community.

There are nearly 100 dedicated employees who make it their mission to make the county a safer place. Employees range from not only attorneys, but investigators, legal assistants, program staff members, administrative staff and more.

Each month, the Clackamas County District Attorney's office will spotlight an employee to find out more about their role in the office, what sort of work they perform on a regular basis and how that work ties into the office’s mission. We hope you’ll learn that our staff members not only make the county safer, but they’re also your neighbors, friends and family members who take pride in making the community safer. 

Portrait of John WentworthOur first spotlight is on the district attorney himself, John Wentworth, who was elected to the office in 2020. From a broad perspective, John follows the mission of the Oregon District Attorney’s Association, which is to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution and laws of the State of Oregon, to preserve the safety of the public, to protect the rights of crime victims, and to pursue justice for all citizens with skill, honor and integrity. 

From a day-to-day standpoint, John oversees his office of nearly 100 employees who work to carry out justice in Clackamas County. While he advises attorneys in his office on cases, he also works with legislators on crime legislation and serves on the boards of the Oregon District Attorney's Association, Parrott Creek Child and Family Services and the Children's Center. 

John is an expert in Oregon when it comes to prosecuting domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. John advocates for the protection of the community’s most vulnerable residents, and has successfully led efforts for stronger legislative protections for Oregon’s elders and domestic violence victims. 

“Being the district attorney for Clackamas County is an incredible honor,” John said. “The work we perform here is outstanding, and we strive each and every day to make sure county residents are safe, and we do that in a variety of ways – not just by putting a criminal in jail. We work hard to get to know our community members and be a place where people know we’re working in the community’s best interest.”