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Working Hard
for a
Safe Community
and
Responsible Governance

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

I believe in personal freedom and a limited government. Each person was born with individual rights and these inherent rights exist completely independent from our government. As such, you and I enjoy basic individual freedoms unless we have specifically and clearly limited those freedoms through our representative democracy.

A government, on the other hand, has no inherent rights unless specifically and clearly granted to it by the people. As County Attorney, I will not seek to expand the power of government but will instead advise County Officials, represent the County, and act on behalf of the State in criminal prosecutions within the bounds of the law.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY'S ROLE

The County Attorney serves in a variety of capacities:

  • Provide legal advice to and legal representation for elected officials in their official capacities. 

  • Prosecute crimes committed within Sublette County in partnership with the Sheriff, Highway Patrol, and Game and Fish.

INTEGRITY IN
GOVERNMENT

As a legal advisor, I will seek to help the County Commissioners and other County Officers achieve their goals and will not have my own personal agenda. Integrity is the measure of what a person does when no one is watching. In the words of Al Simpson, “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. And if you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Sublette County has significant resources and immense power and these two must be used within the bounds of the law. Just because an action by the County will likely not be challenged in court does not necessarily mean it is right. As such, I will not provide advice that stretches the law to help the County achieve something beyond its authority. This same principle applies when the County regulates land use. I will continue to encourage appropriate and thorough analysis of planning and zoning requests at every level to ensure that the rights of all members of this community are honored and respected.   

STRONG & RESPONSIBLE STANCE AGAINST CRIME

I will continue to diligently seek justice for all victims and discourage all crime throughout this community. I have successfully prosecuted offenses ranging from minor traffic offenses to DUIs to felonies including theft and child sex abuse. I am no stranger to the courtroom and will use all resources available to keep your families, your homes, and your businesses safe. 

 

I will also ensure that my legal team respects each person in the criminal justice process, including defendants. The State has immense power to prosecute crimes; however, our Legislature and Constitution have wisely limited that power to protect each of us from government overreach. As the chief law enforcement officer in the County, the County Attorney has prosecutorial discretion. Under my leadership, this choice will not be whether it is possible to prosecute an offense, but rather should it be prosecuted and to what extent. This philosophy will be applied with an eye toward community safety through listening to and honoring victims and open communication and a strong and partnership with law enforcement. I will listen to the desires and concerns of this community- call me, put me to the test! 231.1432

 

Individuals driving drunk or high have caused serious harm and heartbreak in our community  and alcohol abuse and drug use continue to pose a significant risk to each of us. I will use all tools at my disposal to work with community partners to help curb the culture of alcohol and substance abuse that contributes to this problem.

COOPERATION WITH ALL COUNTY OFFICE & DEPARTMENTS

Sublette County has significant wealth because of our tax base. I will strive to protect each person’s investment in this community by continuing to develop strong working relationships with each department within the County to help avoid risk and loss to the County. I will also encourage and participate in the development of policies to ensure that the County is spending your tax dollars in the most efficient way possible.

 
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ABOUT ME

Putting My Experience
to Work

As a fourth-generation Wyomingite, my family first came to live in Sublette County shortly after I was born and, although I have lived in a variety of places, I have always been drawn back here. I grew up in Daniel, worked summers here while putting myself through college and law school, and have been back in Sublette County full time since 2019. This is my home and I am grateful to pass along my love for this wonderful place to my two daughters.

My parents instilled in me the value of hard work. My mother showed me how to manage a home, secrets for stretching a dollar, to enjoy life regardless of your circumstances, and how to serve your community.  My father was a pipeline welder before our family relocated to Laramie to allow him to finish his education which ultimately led to him working as a mechanical engineer on the North Slope in Alaska. He taught me how to use my hands to work hard, and to help others, and showed me what it meant to be thoughtful and kind to everyone. He helped me to discover the beauty of this county by taking me fishing and hiking

to his favorite places and instilled within

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me my love of the outdoors. His short life also helped me understand to be grateful for every day.

Law was never on my radar until my senior year of college in Laramie; however, once I started law school at UW, I realized that I had found my place. An attorney is an agent not unlike any other individual providing service to a client. This service-oriented career fits with my personality and my work ethic. I first began my career working with low-income and otherwise disadvantaged victims of violence and then to private practice working with individuals from varying backgrounds with a broad varied of legal concerns. Working in a law firm is also where I learned that I was more interested in serving a larger community. This led me to a shift in my career path through an opportunity to help better my state by supporting its University and then supporting Wyoming’s non-profit community. What those opportunities lacked I have found in being able to return to my home and serve the people of Sublette County.

 
 

Answers to Campaign Questions 

Do you have a question about me or what I will do when elected? Call me: 307.231.1432

 

I get asked a variety of questions while campaigning, here are a few that come up often:

  • Why are there not more jury trials? 

    • About 5% of criminal cases go to trial nation-wide and Sublette County is in that same range, a bit less over the past few years with the courts closed for Covid. This does not mean that crimes are rarely prosecuted or that a thumb is on the scale, it means people here often choose to pay 'the fiddler' and courts prefer it. For example, multiple felons were sent to prison in the last few months for pleading guilty to crimes like vehicular homicide, selling drugs, and child sex abuse. There have been about 250 DUI arrests since 2019 and 96% of those are successfully prosecuted with a mere fraction dismissed and only because evidence concerns made it impossible to proceed (such as a blood/alcohol test below the legal limit). I am no stranger to the Courtroom and will take cases to trial to hold offenders accountable and seek justice for victims.

  • Why doesn't the County Attorney's Office hold the Commissioners accountable for their decisions?

    • As expected, not everyone is happy with all decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners. The County Attorney's role is to provide legal advice when called upon by a County Officer, such as a Commissioner- it is then up to the County Officer to make a policy decision. It is the people of Sublette County who hold County Officers accountable both at elections and through the Courts. If a decision that is made by the Commission is challenged in Court, it is the duty of the County Attorney to defend that decision whether the Attorney personally agrees with the decision or not.  ​

  • Does the County Attorney enforce planning and zoning violations?​

    • The County Attorney assists the Planning and Zoning Department with code enforcement; however, it is the Department that chooses what violations are addressed. The County Attorney wears two hats, one as a civil attorney that provides advice and legal services to County Officers and Department Heads and the other as a criminal prosecutor acting on behalf of the State of Wyoming. As the prosecutor, the County Attorney makes charging decisions on behalf of the people of Sublette County. However, when providing legal services on behalf of a County Officer or Department, it is the Officer or Department Head who makes the decision and the County Attorney's Office then provides legal advice and services to support that decision, regardless of whether the Attorney personally agree with it. ​

  • How do you plan to fill the open position once the current County Attorney's term is over?

    • The quick answer is that I will seek to recruit the most qualified person to fill the vacancy who is committed to upholding Sublette County values. The longer answer is that I am hoping to find someone who is a great fit, has excellent courtroom skills, and has experience in both civil and criminal law. I believe that in a small office all team members should be able to support each other to ensure that all work is done and having individuals with broad experience is crucial for success. This also avoids a siloed situation where each team member only does one type of work and when that person is out sick or otherwise the work does not get done.    

  • I heard your office dismisses a lot of cases?​

    • This is simply not true nor would it be true under my leadership. The vast majority of criminal cases that come through the County Attorney's Office are successfully prosecuted. Unfortunately there are rare occasions when cases are unable to proceed for one reason or another, which is true in all prosecutor offices. Most commonly, evidentiary issues make it impossible to proceed with a case. For example, if a victim is not interested or unwilling to participate in the prosecution, the State generally cannot proceed. Another issue is the admissibility of a chemical test or other evidence in a DUI because of concerns in its collection or other constitutional issues. In some circumstances there is not enough evidence available for the State to prove its case and all prosecutors are required by the Rules of Professional Conduct (ethics) not to proceed in those situations. 

    • This is also a question about prosecutorial philosophy. Although I respect the current County Attorney's philosophy, I fully intend to establish my own policies and practices and I am committed to listening to you to ensure that my charging decisions are in line with the goals of this community. Call me and let's talk about what you want to see- 231.1432.​

  • I heard some in law enforcement do not support you.

    • Regardless of whether this is true or not, I support law enforcement and have worked with all local agencies, side by side, to investigate and successfully prosecute a variety of cases. From collaborating on charging decisions to late night phone calls for legal advice to reviewing search warrant applications to working together preparing for trial and other court appearances, I will continue to do my part to foster strong communication and cooperation with law enforcement partners.

    • Unfortunately, some level of friction is common between law enforcement agencies and prosecutors offices nationwide. This is natural as a result of the way the system is set up and, dovetailing into the last question, it is completely understandable that someone would be disappointed or frustrated when a case they worked on was not successfully prosecuted. I have a track record of working hand in hand with law enforcement to successfully prosecute a variety of difficult and complex cases even when potential problems exist. When a case cannot proceed because of an evidentiary issue, I work hard to ensure that the individuals who worked on that case understand why so that it does not happen again and that they know I will support their efforts in the future. I am committed to the safety of this community and holding offenders accountable and my track record reflects that.