Washington County Attorney
Peter Orput is the Washington County Attorney. He was elected to that position in November, 2010. Prior to becoming county attorney, Pete served as an assistant Hennepin County attorney in the violent crime section of that office. There, Pete prosecuted primarily robberies, weapons and homicide cases. Prior to joining the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Pete served as general counsel to the Minnesota Department of Corrections and prior to that served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as the deputy attorney general in charge of the public protection section. Pete also served as lead prosecutor for a state anti-gang initiative for five years. In that position with the attorney general’s office, Pete prosecuted gang murders and drug dealing offenses throughout the state.
Pete formerly served for seven years as an assistant Washington County attorney. He has served as faculty at the National District Attorneys’ College in Columbia, South Carolina for numerous prosecutor courses including complex trial advocacy, persuasion and cross examination. Pete also formerly served as faculty at St. Mary’s University in their law enforcement program where he taught legal aspects of police leadership. Pete is a former high school teacher and Marine and has served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association since 1994.