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Clatsop County, Oregon District Attorney since 1994.

Former president of the Oregon District Attorney's Association. Oregon's delegate to the National DA's Association (NDAA), co-chair of NDAA's Media and Communications Committee and NDAA's representative to the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). Served on the Board of Directors of the NDAA from 1997-present and on the Leadership Council of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section from 2009-2013 (as vice-chair in 2013). Served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Animal Legal Defense Fund from 2002-2013, advocating stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals. In 2013 became a member of the Humane Society of the United States' National Law Enforcement Council.

Active Democrat. Served as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Work to retain thoughtful Democrats to local, statewide and national offices.

A frequent speaker at universities and professional meetings, and a frequent guest on national and local radio and television programs, discussing the criminal justice system and the nature of the relationship between popular culture, the media and the law.

Educated in Oregon except for high school in Claremont, California. Graduate of the University of Oregon's Honors College and Law School. Worked in the Lane County (Eugene) DA's office during law school.

Returned to Claremont for four years, working first as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles, then as a speechwriter to California's Attorney General John Van de Kamp.

Returned to Lincoln County (Newport), Oregon in 1985. Chief Deputy District Attorney 1988-89.

Making money seemed like a good idea. Moved to Eugene and worked 18 months as a criminal defense lawyer, representing three defendants in capital murder cases. It was horrible.

Was hired as chief deputy DA in Mike Dugan's office in Deschutes County (Bend), in 1990, and became Chief Deputy in 1992.

In 1994, was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to succeed Clatsop County DA Julie Leonhardt after she was recalled, convicted and disbarred. Was elected by the voters later that year and have lived in an old house on the north slope of Astoria ever since.

Have published OpEds in newspapers from the New York Times to the Daily Astorian, from the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times. Contributing author to the book Debating the Death Penalty (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005); Media Coverage in Criminal Justice Cases (American Bar Association, 2013); and in 2012 and 2013 contributed chapters to the ABA's State of Criminal Justice.

An active Rotarian (and Paul Harris Fellow) since 1994. Recently returned to a bi-monthly slot as an Evening Jazz DJ on Astoria's community radio station, KMUN. (First and third Mondays, 6-8pm.) Continuing this summer a 20th year of occasional appearances as the Cowardly Sheriff in the Astor Street Opry Company's play "Shanghaied in Astoria."

Married since 1996 to Cindy Price, editor extraordinaire, who when asked what she does says, "I make things," including this website.