County Attorney

The County Attorney serves as the chief prosecutor of all adult crimes and juvenile offenses committed within Martin County.  The County Attorney also contracts with cities located within Martin County to prosecute petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors and specific gross misdemeanors for those cities (Ceylon, Dunnell, Fairmont, Granada, Sherburn/Welcome, Trimont and Truman).  The County Attorney provides legal advice to the county Board of Commissioners and all county departments, as needed, as well as representing the county in civil lawsuits.  The County Attorney also handles referrals from the county Human Services Department for commitments for chemical dependency and mental illness, and also matters involving child support enforcement, paternity adjudication, child protection actions, and termination of parental rights.  The Martin County Attorney’s Office works closely with the Office of the Victim/Witness Coordinator.  

123 Downtown Plaza
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: 507-238-1594
Fax: 507-238-4379
General Email:

Interim County Attorney
Taylor L. McGowan

Assistant County Attorney
Amanda L. Heinrichs-Milburn

Assistant County Attorney


Office Manager/Senior Legal Assistant
Karen Koehler

Legal Secretary/Receptionist
Dixie Murphy

TO REPORT A CRIME, please contact the local law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.  
          As a prosecutorial agency, this office does not investigate crimes and largely depends on the investigative services provided by law enforcement agencies.  All complaints of criminal activity need to be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, who will then gather evidence and, when appropriate, submit the case to the prosecutor for review and a charging decision.

          The County Attorney and staff are not permitted to represent, or provide legal advice to, private citizens.  Chapter 388 of the Minnesota Statutes sets the duties and powers for the county attorneys of Minnesota’s 87 counties.