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  Tim Ward, Tulare County District Attorney  



Tim Ward joined the District Attorney’s office in 1999 as a Deputy District Attorney. Since joining the District Attorney’s
Office, Tim has held numerous assignments varying from Felony Trial Division, Juvenile Division, and the Porterville Division. He has completed a number of special prosecution assignments where he prosecuted Agricultural Crime, Career Criminal, and Homicide cases.

In 2005, Tim was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney and has supervised both the Juvenile Division and Porterville Division. In addition, he has supervised the Operations Division consisting of the Support staff, I.T., Fiscal, Special Programs, and the Victim Advocate units. Tim was promoted to Assistant District Attorney in April 2011, and was in charge of the Bureau of Administration, overseeing all logistical operations of the largest law office in Tulare County.

On October 16th, 2012, following Phil Cline’s announcement that he was retiring after serving more than 20 years as the county’s District Attorney, Tim Ward was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the position of District Attorney effective Dec. 15, 2012. He became the county's 33rd District Attorney since the office was established in 1852.

Tim is a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. After completing an Army ROTC scholarship, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1989 and served at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California holding positions as Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, and Scout Platoon Leader. In 1992, Tim was promoted to the rank of Captain. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

After his service in the Army, Tim earned his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. During law school he held an internship at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office which is where his career as a prosecutor began.




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