Pinal County attorney-elect Lando Voyles wasted no time in making a significant change at the top level of the County Attorney’s Office.
Voyles, a Republican who defeated incumbent Democrat James Walsh in the November general election, named Richard Wintory his chief criminal deputy attorney Wednesday morning.
Wintory will replace Richard Platt, who was with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office since 1996 and was chief criminal deputy attorney since 1998. Platt has been a member of the State Bar Board of Governors since 2001.
Wintory, a special homicide prosecutor in Graham County, has been named Prosecutor of the Year twice – once by the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association in 2005 and again by his colleagues on the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council in 2007.
“With Richard Wintory’s experience, we will take this county to the next level in prosecuting criminals,” Voyles said in a statement.
Wintory was the primary prosecutor in Pima County in 2005 during the successful prosecution of several key figures in a major methamphetamine ring.
Prior to his time as an attorney in Arizona, Wintory successfully prosecuted numerous death penalty cases in Oklahoma, where he served as criminal division chief deputy attorney general.
“Mr. Voyles will have to physically pull me out of the courtroom when he needs me back in the office,” Former Attorney General Terry Goddard said in a release.
Goddard, speaking of Wintory’s time in Pima County, described him as “one of the most experienced border crime prosecutors in the country.” Goddard, a Democrat, named Wintory to head the state’s first Border Crime Prosecution team in 2010.