The City of St. Helens now has a new Municipal Court judge and a new prosecutor.
Judge Amy Lindgren was a deputy attorney for Clackamas County for close to 10 years. She left the office when her children were still young, so she could start her own practice as the prosecutor for municipalities. “That’s really when I developed the expertise in traffic law and misdemeanor crimes,” Lindgren said.
She has had that practice for just over four years, and has worked for West Linn, Molalla and Happy Valley. More recently, she has been the pro-term judge for Woodburn, Canby and Milwaukie.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be the St. Helens judge and getting to know the city,” Lindgren said.
New prosecutor, Sam Erskine, currently has his own practice in criminal defense, family law and domestic relations. Prior to that, he worked as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon and was also a clerk in the Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Erskine also worked at Portland State University in their Student Legal Services office and volunteered for Legal Aide in their domestic violence clinic.
“I heard about the opening through a friend of mine who is now the Columbia County DA. It just kind of funneled down to me,” Erskine said, adding that his wife is also a Multnomah County DA. “I submitted my proposal and got accepted.”
Erskine is currently in the process of tapering down his current practice and is not taking on new cases in preparation for his coming work in St. Helens.