Jonathan Cable and his wife, Kendall, moved to Lincoln County in 2006. A nurse and former reporter, Kendall and he married in 2001. They own a house in Waldport where friends and family gather.
“I have had family members residing in Oregon my entire life. One of my earliest memories is of being on the Oregon Coast when I was 5 years old,” Cable said. “I spent a lot of time visiting my aunt, uncle, and great aunt growing up, and always wanted to live here. I feel blessed to enjoy the opportunity to call Lincoln County my home.”
Cable boasts a strong law enforcement lineage. Serving from local to federal government, his family spent most of their lives helping the public.
“I come from a heavy law enforcement background. In my family are two congressmen, a county prosecutor, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and employee, police officers, and an x-ray technician at a jail,” he said.
Cable attended Kent State University in Ohio and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He earned Dean’s List honors in the spring and fall of 1996. He also attended the Citadel and was involved with Kent State University’s Army ROTC program into his third year, when a shoulder injury ended his hope of a military career.
Also in Ohio, Cable attended the University of Toledo College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in May 2001. He earned Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2000 and spring of 2001. He also was named Highest Ranking Student in International Law in fall 2000. While at the University of Toledo, he took part in the Toledo Law School Prosecutor Clinic, which included specific prosecutor training. Additionally, as a certified law student, he served as Prosecutor Intern in the City of Toledo Prosecutor’s Office, where he conducted research, interviewed witnesses and tried misdemeanor cases. Cable passed the Ohio Bar Exam in 2002.
In June of 2002, Cable was named Assistant County Prosecutor of Seneca County for Felony Crimes. The office contained four full-time and one part-time attorney. Cable tried all levels of felony cases ranging from drug crimes to homicides and handled over 150 felony cases a year. The office also covered appeals, leading Cable to argue cases to the Ohio Court of Appeals and Ohio Supreme Court. Cable also worked on some civil matters for the county.
In May 2005, Cable became Assistant City Prosecutor in Tiffin, Ohio. Along with one other attorney, he was responsible for approximately 1,500 misdemeanor cases a year. The office also conducted preliminary hearings for felony cases. Cable also handled appeals to the Ohio Court of Appeals through this position.
In 2006, Cable passed the Oregon State Bar and moved to Newport. As a Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney, he handled everything from traffic tickets to homicides. Cable oversaw the Elder Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team dealing with abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of seniors. He handled numerous felony domestic violence cases, and was assigned juvenile dependency cases (involving physical abuse of children) and later supervised other prosecutors who handled them. Furthermore, Cable served as a member of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team, which deals with the most serious cases. And in 2011, Cable was recognized as the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office Employee of the Year with the Law Enforcement Recognition Award.
During his nine years with the county, Cable rose to leadership as Lincoln County Employees Association President. Through the association he represented county employees in contract negotiations and disciplinary matters, and learned about county budget and personnel rules.
Some of Jonathan’s specific training:
- July 22-26, 2002, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, “Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys.”
- November 14, 2002, CASA/GAL of Hancock County, “Recognizing and Understanding Child Abuse.”
- February 19, 2003, Ohio State Highway Patrol, “Judges & Prosecutors, Advanced Detection, Apprehension, and Prosecution.” (Impaired driving training)
- June 25, 2003, Ohio State Highway Patrol, “Judicial Crash Investigation.” (Crash reconstruction)
- August 29, 2003, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, “Working with victims of Domestic Violence.”
- September 18, 2003, The Ohio State University at Marion, “Prosecuting Domestic Violence without the Victim.”
- October 28 -29, 2003, Ohio Attorney General’s 2003, “Conference on Law Enforcement.”
- Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association seminars: April 3-4, 2003, June 20-21, 2003, and April 1-2, 2004.
- September 26-27, 2005, Ohio Attorney General’s 2005 “Conference on Law Enforcement.”
- April 25, 2006, Ohio State Highway Patrol, “Judicial ESMD Course.” (Radar guns)
- Oregon District Attorney Association Summer Conferences 2007 - 2014.
- May 14-15, 2008 “Juvenile Dependency for State’s Attorneys.”
- August 12, 2008, Juvenile Court Improvement Project, “Model Court Day.”
- August 11, 2009, Juvenile Court Improvement Project, “Model Court Day.”
- February 11-12, 2009: 3rd Annual DPSST Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Conference.
- September 22-23, 2010: Juvenile Dependency for State’s Attorneys, Oregon Department of Justice.
- August 8-9, 2011, Clackamas County Domestic Violence training.
- 2012: Clackamas County “Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit.”
- July 28 - August 1, 2014, Computer Forensics for Prosecutors, National Computer Forensics Institute, Hoover, Alabama.
- February 9-12, 2015, Mobile Devices in Court for Prosecutors, National Computer Forensics Institute, Hoover, Alabama.