OREGON DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
POLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
WHY DID YOU BECOME A PROSECUTOR?
When I first began practicing law, I took appointed cases in juvenile court. I found the direct, positive impact I could have on people’s situations focused me on a career in public service. As a prosecutor, I have found it incredibly meaningful to advocate on behalf of crime victims and families devastated by the effects of drugs, violence, and injustice.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
I am able to be a part of an amazing team of public safety partners focused on the goal of keeping Polk County safe, healthy and vibrant.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR WORK?
Working with people coping with tragedy and true loss.
WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND THE WORK YOU DO?
What an incredibly humbling experience it is to be allowed to have this role in the criminal justice system.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
That prosecutors are advocates for the entire system – not just our point of view. Our mission and ideals demand that we honor and advocate for the rights of everyone in the system.
DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE?
I am a member of the Dallas Rotary and the YMCA Youth and Government Program.
WHAT WORK OF YOUR OFFICE MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
We are a very close-knit team of professionals focused on holding offenders accountable, defending the rights of crime victims, and serving our community.
Diversion Programs and/or Alternative Sentencing Programs and community engagement programs.
We are fortunate to participate in Polk County’s Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and are engaged in a creating a pre-trial diversion program that focuses on aligning qualified individuals with treatment-based programs.