Deputy District Attorney Tom Tintera Retires
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department, Criminal Prosecution Division
After 31 years of public service as a Deputy District Attorney, Tom Tintera retired in August. Hired in 1982 by then District Attorney, Ray Robinett, Tom started in the Misdemeanor Unit and brought with him a welcomed expertise in his study of the new Oregon Evidence Code. Over the years, he relished his trial work and new challenges.
When offered the challenge of taking on technology in the courtroom, Tom embraced it. His use of digital evidence in child abuse homicide cases led to an invitation to present his methods at a national conference in the Midwest. Tom's leadership and vision led the District Attorney's Office to become a model in the state for the use of courtroom technology with routine powerpoint usage in trials.
In the mid 2000s, when District Attorney Bob Hermann asked Tom to help implement and Early Case Resolution program in the Courts, Tom again embraced the concept. The successful implementation, "same justice sooner", has resulted in tremendous efficiencies--clear benefits toward victims, public safety and those waiting to resolve their cases. The program has been visited and studied by jurisdictions from other states.
Although Tom looks forward to retirement, he will miss the work. "A Deputy District Attorney has the unique opportunity to seek justice on each case and to help people, through no fault of their own, who have been harmed by other people", Tom said.
He did that for 31 years and we all thank him for that.