District Attorney Cable’s Team:
Lincoln County District Attorney Jonathan Cable knows it takes a hardworking, personable, and competent team to run the DA’s office efficiently and palatably for both employees and citizens. With great thought and input from many involved with the DA’s office, Cable appointed Brian Gardner as chief deputy district attorney, and Anthony Rivers as office manager. The three took office February 3, 2020.
“I chose the best people I could think of. In the last month, it is clear I made the right decision. Both are incredibly hardworking, dedicated, and bring a wealth of experience to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office,” Cable said. “From multiple sources I heard our office has become a much better place to work. The three of us are reorganizing with the input of all the employees to make it more functional and efficient for the people of Lincoln County.”
Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Gardner
Lincoln County resident since 2008, Gardner graduated cum laude from University of Oregon in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned a law degree from The University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law in 1998. Since then he’s built an extensive career in law including nine years serving in the Lincoln County DA’s office.
The following is reflective of Gardner’s background:
· 1998-2000 - Lawyer with Corporon and Williams, P.C. Law Firm – criminal and civil practice, including appellate work. Argued a case before Utah Supreme Court in 1999. Briefed a case to the United States Supreme Court in 2000;
· 2000-2007 - Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office - misdemeanor and justice courts, juvenile delinquency, and general felonies; 2004-2007 - Organized Gang Prosecution Team;
· 2007-2008 - Salt Lake Legal Defenders - represented indigent criminal clients;
· 2008-2017 - Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office - MDT Special Victim’s Chair 2008-2011, Major Crash Team, juvenile delinquency, child support enforcement, and civil commitments;
· 2017- Jan 2020 – Law Office of Brian Gardner - handled criminal cases, personal injury, expungements, general business, and contract matters;
· He also served as: Lincoln County Employees Union President 2015-2017 – assisted with employee contract and disciplinary issues, and budget and contract negotiations with the county; Children’s Advocacy Center Board Member 2016-2017; Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Oregon Coast Community College 2014-2017.
Gardner is active in the community. He volunteered and/or volunteers as: Central Coast Soccer Association Board Member, Treasurer, and Legal Counsel 2015-2020; Basketball Coach Newport Girls from 2015-2020; several Newport School of Artistic Movement and Coastal Act Production shows in which his family (wife, Gretchen Havner, and daughters, Charlotte (14) and Caroline (12)) performed.
Havner also worked for the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, taught criminal justice at Oregon Coast Community College, and currently owns the Law Office of Gretchen Havner. She served and/or serves as: Yaquina View/Sam Case Boosters President, Newport Middle School Boosters Co-Secretary, Newport Middle School Site Council Member, and President for the Newport Library Foundation and Newport Library boards.
Gardner is the son of Jack and Rosie Gardner, former residents of Longview Hills Community, and volunteers for Children’s Advocacy Center, Lincoln County Food Share, SOLVE, and American Legion Post 116.
Office Manager Anthony Rivers
A 1988 Newport High School graduate, Rivers has called Lincoln County his home for 13 years. A veteran, he served in the United States Navy from 1988 – 1992 in the following roles: Operation Specialist – 2nd Class on the U.S.S. Paul F. Foster DD-964 based at Long Beach Naval Station; two tours in the Persian Gulf; Desert Storm in 1991; and was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon.
Rivers also worked as the following:
· 1996 – 2013 - Communications Division, Los Angeles Police Department - 911 dispatcher and instructor; and employee of the year in 2008;
· 2013 – 2016 - Oregon Judicial Department for the Lincoln County Circuit Court - judicial services specialist 3; and courtroom clerk/bailiff for the Honorable Judge Paulette Sanders;
· 2016 - 2020 - office manager/clerk for several private practice attorneys who shared an office space including: Katherine Benfield, Marcia Buckley, Jonathan Cable, Brian Gardner, Gretchen Havner, and Catherine Hord.
Rivers and his wife, Heidi, married in 2015 and reside in Toledo. They were Newport High School sweethearts and have five children between them: Brooklyn (21), Chloe (19), Chris (27), Cray (16), and Tom (24). Heidi owns Heidi’s Hair Asylum, and Main Street Dance and Fitness, both in Toledo.
He is the stepson of Joyce Rivers, Sam Case school teacher for 30 years, and the son of James (“Jim”) Rivers, Newport Police Department chief from 1982 – 1999.
In his spare time, Rivers enjoys all things music, movies, sports, woodworking, and road trips with his wife.
Cable, Gardner and Rivers look forward to continuing to serve Lincoln County. They feel honored by the opportunity do so.
Pictured from left: Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office Manager Anthony Rivers, Deputy District Attorney Brian Gardner, and District Attorney Jonathan Cable.