There’s a new sheriff in town, sort of.
COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Pikovsky of Crane, Roseland, Pikovsky, & Melling, P.C., was recently appointed Hettinger County State’s Attorney by the county commissioners. Pikovsky officially took office on Dec. 1, replacing James Gion after he was appointed to Southwest District judgeship last month.
Pikovsky grew up and graduated high school in Minneapolis, Minn. Following graduation she attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota.
She has been with the firm since she finished law school about two-and-a-half years ago and said she found the job opening on a national website.
Earning her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology, Pikovsky was hoping to start a career as a Park Ranger but at the time the job market was thin in that field.
So after some conversations with her father, where he remembered her penchant for arguing, she decided to enter law school.
Pikovsky said that working for a firm in a small community she is afforded the luxury of working on a wide range of subjects. She said that in large firms in big cities you are sometimes forced to concentrate on one aspect of law and essentially do the same thing everyday, though she added her concentration in law school was environmental law.
“I like what I do a lot, and I’m lucky I think because I get to do a lot of different things,” Pikovsky said.
When Gion mentioned to Pikovsky that he would be accepting a judgeship position, she thought it might be a good fit. Pikovsky is actually the state’s attorney for Sioux County, a position she has held since April, so she is already familiar with what the position entails. So she thought it would be an easy transition and knew she could fulfill the duties with Hettinger County.
Pikovsky is hoping to establish a consistent office presence with the county, and wants to be accessible for people if they need assistance or need some questions answered.
Pikovsky had kind words for her predecessor.
“He’s awesome, he’ll make a great judge, and I don’t’ just say that because I’ll probably have to appear before him,” Pikovsky said. “I really think he’ll do a very great job.”
Pikovsky will finish the rest of Gion’s term which ends in November. At that time she will have to decide if she wants to run for a new term. It’s a long way away, she said, and didn’t disclose to the Herald whether or not she will run when the position goes up for re-election.