First, I will advise and support our county government to ensure its operations are conducted in an appropriate and legal manner. Second, while seeking accountability for those who deal drugs and engage in violent crime, I will work with community partners and justice system stakeholders to develop innovative strategies for battling addiction and mental illness with the dual goals of reducing crime in our communities and enabling citizens to live healthy lives. Third, I will continue the office’s longstanding practice of protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse. County government provides services that directly affect the lives of county citizens. I will ensure those services are provided legally and effectively.
In my twenty-plus years of experience as an attorney, I’ve worked in a broad range of practice areas, which has enabled me to successfully advise the county across its varied departments. I’ve also held management and leadership positions in the County Attorney’s Office and community organizations, which grew my supervisory, team development, and consensus-building skills. I will use these skills and experiences to effectively lead the office in providing services to our constituents.
Currently, our biggest challenges are the COVID court backlog and recruitment. As to the backlog, our office will be ready whenever the courts have capacity to hear cases. As to recruitment, in valuing office staff and making changes to engage the best talent, I will make our office an attractive place to work. Also, the public often has an inaccurate understanding of the County Attorney’s Office’s role within the legal system. I will strive to educate the public about the work of our office.
I’m a member of the Sixth Judicial District’s Equal Justice Committee, which is comprised of justice system partners seeking to eliminate bias in court processes. I’m also a member of the county’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership team, which is working to eliminate racial disparities both in employment and the provision of public services. Additionally, I will conduct a case record audit to identify and combat systemic bias where it may exist in our office practices.
In my years of leadership in the County Attorney’s Office, I’ve learned that open, earnest, and courteous communication about difficult or divisive issues is the best way of managing conflict. Additionally, to the extent permitted by data privacy laws and the attorney-client privilege, I am committed to accessibility and transparency and will seek input from the public when appropriate in the development of principles, policies, and practices that guide our work.