One speaks Japanese. One works as a movie theater projectionist and another serves in the Oregon Air National Guard.

These are some of the things the Democrat-Herald has learned about the prosecutors working for the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

Located on the first floor of the Linn County Courthouse is a maze of offices and cubicles that house District Attorney Jason Carlile and 12 deputy district attorneys - three of whom are senior deputy DAs - as well as more than a dozen other employees.

The office is at full strength and attorneys are working about 3,000 cases a year, Carlile said.

"We've got the people we need to do the job," he said.

The Democrat-Herald recently spent part of an afternoon talking with the attorneys and here's what they shared about themselves:

Jason Carlile

Carlile, 55, has spent his career in Linn County, starting as a deputy district attorney in October 1980.

He was appointed district attorney in January 1988 and was first elected to the job in May of that year. Carlile is currently serving his fifth term.

He still very much likes his job and said that being in Linn County has been "great professionally and for my family." He is married and has four children and three grandchildren.

Running a DA's office the size of Linn County doesn't leave him much time for prosecuting cases; he might work on a couple of cases a year. He does, though, handle special prosecutions from other counties and reviews high-profile incidents such as officer-involved shootings.

Coleen Cerda

Cerda, 43, has been at the DA's office since May 2007. She previously worked for six years as a Coos County prosecutor.

What does she like about her job? "Being able to go home and look in a mirror and feel good about what I do," she said.

She enjoys helping child victims and putting offenders away "so they won't be hurt anymore."

Cerda graduated from Springfield High School, and in 2000 she graduated from the University of Oregon law school. She has three children.

Jonathan Crow

Crow, 37, is a West Albany High School graduate who has been with the DA's office for eight years.

Like most of the other attorneys, Crow handles a variety of cases. Currently he is the office's liaison to the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Crow originally thought he would be a defense attorney, but after spending some time in court he changed his mind.

"I like the work and it's interesting," he said. "There's a level of community service and that's important to me."

Crow said he likes to spend time with his family, watch movies and be outdoors.

Reed Dinsmore

Dinsmore, 59, was police officer in Los Angeles before deciding to change careers. Becoming a prosecutor seemed to be a natural progression, he said.

Dinsmore went to the Willamette University law school and has been with the Linn County District Attorney's Office for 19 years. He is a senior deputy DA.

What is his favorite part of the job? "Trials. Being in the courtroom," he said.

Dinsmore has been married for 37 years and has a son and daughter. He loves to travel.

George Eder

Eder, 59, marks his 20th year with the DA's office this month. He is one of three senior deputy district attorneys.

Of his job he said, "I like the responsibility of telling a complete story and persuading the jury that it actually happened this way."

Eder grew up in central Illinois and went to school in the Midwest. He was in private practice as an attorney in Salem before coming to Linn County.

Outside the office, Eder has worked as an umpire for youth baseball games throughout the mid-valley. He is married and has two grown children.

Brendan Kane

Kane, 39, was hired in June 2007 to handle juvenile cases in Linn County. He prosecutes delinquency cases and also handles dependency cases where children are taken away from their parents temporarily.

Kane came from Lincoln County, where he worked for the DA's office and then in private practice for five years. He returned to prosecution, he said, because it's a good fit and "it's work I enjoy doing."

A mountain climber, Kane said the tallest mountain he's summited so far is 16,633-foot Humphreys Peak in Arizona. Kane was in the U.S. Army during Operation Just Cause, which deposed Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

Douglas Marteeny

Marteeny, 36, has been with the DA's office for more than five years.

"I enjoy the work because a lot of attorneys have to do the bidding of the client; my client is the state," he said, adding that one of the benefits of the job is fighting for what is true.

Marteeny, who grew up in southeast Idaho, learned to speak Japanese while spending two years on a church mission. His language skills came into play once in Linn County when he was coincidentally assigned a police-pursuit case in which the suspect was Japanese and made incriminating remarks that were recorded.

Outside the office, Marteeny likes working on his home and spending time with his wife and four children.

DeAnn Novotny

Novotny, 48, had a previous career as a registered nurse. After 10 years, she decided to change paths and go to law school at the University of Oregon. While a law student, she worked as an intern at the Linn County DA's office and decided "that was the thing for me to do."

The internship was in 1993 and she has been at the office ever since. Recently, Novotny spent four years developing and working with the juvenile and adult drug courts. She is a senior deputy DA.

Keith Stein

Stein, 31, has been with the DA's office for a year and a half.

"This is one of those professions where one person can make a huge impact on the community," he said.

His favorite part of the job is "walking out of a sentencing where someone who has done something very bad is being taken to jail or prison."

While in law school at Willamette University, Stein started working at a movie theater to earn money. Now he works one night a week at a theater as a projectionist, setting up film and screening movies, as a hobby and as a way to decompress, he said.

Stein is married and has two children.

Heidi Sternhagen

Sternhagen, 43, has been with the office for more than nine years. She grew up in Springfield and is a graduate of the University of Oregon law school.

She worked as a public defender in Medford before becoming a prosecutor.

What does she like about her job? "There's just a lot of drama," she said. "Real-life people and their problems."

Sternhagen is engaged. She enjoys yoga, and said that if she retires as an attorney she might like to be a yoga instructor.

Marshall Wilde

Wilde, 33, handles domestic violence cases in Linn County and also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard.

"I enjoy practicing criminal law because the stakes are high and the rewards of doing a good job are that much higher," he said.

Wilde grew up in Blachly, moved out of state for a time, and then returned to Oregon for graduate school. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska and Texas, and continues to serve as the senior legal officer of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base.

Wilde deployed to the Middle East in 2004 and is anticipating another deployment later this year to an uncertain location.

He is married and has a 2-year-old daughter.

Michael Wynhausen

Wynhausen, 38, is working for the DA's office for a second time. He was there from 1997 to 1999 before a six-year stint with the Benton County District Attorney's Office. He returned to Linn County about 21/2 years ago and "absolutely" likes being back.

Part of his job now is being part of a multidisciplinary team that deals with crimes involving child abuse and neglect. Wynhausen also works with narcotics detectives.

Why did he become a prosecutor? He said he figured out early on that the only area of law that seemed interesting was criminal law, and he didn't want to be a defense attorney.

"Honestly, it's just nice to do something in the legal profession that's satisfying," he said.

Ani Yardumian

Yardumian, 40, has been with the DA's office since 1994 and like most of the other attorneys handles all types of cases.

"I decided I wanted to become a prosecutor when I was about 13 and never changed my mind," she said. She thought the job would keep her challenged and allow her to try to do the right thing every day.

"I like it when I'm able to give a little justice back to people that had it taken away from them by someone else's wrong choice," she said.

Before coming to Linn County, Yardumian lived and went to school the Los Angeles area. Outside the office, she likes to cook, go to movies and travel.

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