Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Wade L. Whiting to be the District Attorney of Crook County, effective immediately. Mr. Whiting is a Senior Deputy District Attorney in neighboring Jefferson County. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Daina A. Vitolins, who Governor Brown previously appointed to be a circuit court judge.
“Wade Whiting's commitment to law and passion for justice will make him an excellent District Attorney of Crook County,” Governor Brown said. “Having served on both sides of the criminal justice system — as a prosecutor and, earlier in his career, as a defense attorney — Wade understands the extraordinary power of a district attorney to vindicate aggrieved crime victims and to mete out justice with compassion and humanity.”
Mr. Whiting has worked as a prosecutor in the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office since 2013. He earlier worked at the Madras firm Glenn, Reeder, Gassner & Whiting, LLP, advising businesses, litigating family law disputes, and defending indigent individuals accused of crimes, from 2010 to 2013. While there, he was account administrator for the Madras Indigent Defense Consortium. He has been president of the Jefferson-Crook County Bar Association, a board member of Mountain Star Relief Nursery, a member of Kiwanis International, and a Boy Scout Cub Master. Mr. Whiting lives with his four children and his wife Mykle, whose family resides in Prineville.
The Crook County Board of Commissioners, the City of Prineville, and other community partners, conducted a process to vet the applicants for this position and recommended Mr. Whiting as the group's choice for appointment.