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
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.