About Us

The Washington County Attorney's Office employees work diligently together toward our goal of making the Washington County Attorney's Office one of the finest in Minnesota. 

Mission Statement

We promote justice and public safety through vigorously prosecuting crime, protecting those in need and providing quality legal representation for Washington County.


Our vision is to make Washington County a safe and just place to live and work.

County Attorney Bio

Pete Orput is the Washington County Attorney. He was elected to that position in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Prior to becoming county attorney, Orput served as an assistant Hennepin County attorney in the violent crime section of that office. There, Orput prosecuted primarily robberies, weapons and homicide cases. Prior to joining the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Orput 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. Orput was appointed in 2016 by the governor to serve on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission and served through 2020. He is also a vice president of the National District Attorneys Association.

Orput is a former high school history teacher, and also served in the United States Marine Corps. He also serves as legal counsel to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association where he has volunteered his services since 1994.

Orput is a husband, and the father of three. He enjoys traveling, reading and teaching.