Remembering a Longtime DA Colleague

Release date: 11/12/2013
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department

Washington County and the District Attorney's Office lost a good man and good friend recently with the passing of James Carr at age 71. 

Jim was born in Portland, attended Central Catholic High School where he was valedictorian, and finished his college studies with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University. Active in student government, Jim served as Vice President and President of the Portland State University student body. Before coming to Washington County, he worked in Washington D.C., then the Oregon Legislature, served as Executive Assistant to Multnomah County District Attorney, Harl Haas, and worked a number of years for the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.

Jim landed in the Washington County District Attorney's Office in 1979 when District Attorney Ray Robinett hired him as his Administrative Assistant. He served under three Washington County District Attorneys until his retirement in June of 2004.

Jim held a number of titles over the years ranging from Investigator to Chief of Staff. He attended night school and earned a law degree from Lewis and Clark along the way, so his legal knowledge combined with administrative "know how" made him a unique and valuable contributor to the office. He was responsible for the office staff and operations for much of his career, and was always dedicated to doing it the right way, as efficiently as possible and with the community's best interests at the forefront. 

"Jim made an enormous contribution to the County and the office", said District Attorney Bob Hermann. "He always remained even-keeled, provided sound advice and kept his sense of humor. Even after he retired he kept in touch with a number of us, still providing sage advice while reminding us how much he was enjoying his family and retirement".

Jim will surely be missed, but his contributions to the success of the office will always be remembered.