Washington County taps local for top prosecutor

The Washington County Board of Commissioners has selected a new county attorney.

Kevin Magnuson, a native of Lake Elmo, was chosen in a unanimous vote.

Magnuson has been with the Washington County Attorney’s Office since 2019 and previously served as an officer in the Army, a news release says.

This comes following the April 3 death of outgoing County Attorney Pete Orput, who had planned to retire at the end of this year.

Magnuson grew up in Lake Elmo and currently lives in that same home with his family.

The county says Magnuson graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999.

Magnuson will be sworn in on June 14.

Details about Wednesday’s celebration of life for Pete Orput can be found here.