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About Randy Gaylord

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San Juan County Prosecutor Randall K. Gaylord lives on Orcas Island with his wife Marny. Randy and Marny were married in Olga in 1981 and moved to Orcas in 1993. Their son Colin has graduated from the University of Washington and daughter Genevieve attends the University of Montana.

Randy attended law school at the University of Utah. He served as law clerk for Justice Christine Durham of the Utah Supreme Court. In 1986, he returned to Washington State where he had a general civil law practice in Spokane, emphasizing land use matters. He filled in for the City Hearings' Examiner from time to time and taught environmental and constitutional law classes as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University.

In 1993 Randy opened a law office in Eastsound. The following year he ran as the democratic candidate for prosecutor and was elected in November 1994. He was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

Active in civic and community affairs, Randy was a founding member and is an former executive board member of the Orcas Island Prevention Partnership - a proactive effort against drug and alcohol abuse. Randy has volunteered time for youth sports, assisting with soccer, Little League, and high school football.

Randy has served as president Asociation of County Officials, the Washington State Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the San Juan County Bar Association.

Randy is the fourth oldest of ten children. He was born and raised in apple country along Lake Ontario in New York State.

The Team

From bottom row left to right)
Sandi Burt, Toni Bailey, Elizabeth Halsey, Randy Gaylord, Gwen Halliday, Kate Denning, Camolyn Armstrong Peter Palubicki, Amy Vira, Charlie Silverman,
Cathy Korth, Jon Cain

Emma Scanlan, Senior Deputy Prosecutor (Criminal-Felony)

Emma is a native of the Northwest and attended both college and law school at the University of Washington.  Prior to joining the prosecutor's office, Emma practiced criminal law in state and federal courts throughout the State of Washington.  In her spare time she enjoys knitting while listening to books on tape and traveling with her family.

Jonathan Cain, Senior Deputy Prosecutor (Civil)

Jon learned to swim and sail at an early age. He loves being on the water and happily traded the surf of San Diego for kayaking and the not-so-extreme sport of ferry riding in the Northwest.

He also enjoys mountain biking and hiking, but most of all he loves exploring new places with his wife and daughter.

Amy Vira, Deputy Prosecutor (Civil & Land Use)

Amy Vira joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2011.  Prior to coming to San Juan Island, Amy lived in Wenatchee, Washington, where she practiced in the area of housing, land use and municipal law.  Amy received a B.A. from Western Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Hyrum J. Hemingway, Deputy Prosecutor (Criminal)

Hyrum joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2014.  Prior to coming to Friday Harbor, Hyrum spent much of his free time playing Ultimate Frisbee.  In fact, he and his friends earned a gold medal at the 2012 Utah Summer Games in the novice division. 

Hyrum enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and running.  He’s been to Brazil twice and hopes to return for the Olympics in two years.  He received both his B.A. in Economics and Portuguese, and his J.D. from Brigham Young University.  

Gwendolyn Halliday, Deputy Prosecutor (Child Support)

Gwen joined the San Juan County Prosecutor's Office in 2010.  She also works part-time for the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office in Mount Vernon.  She has 20 years of civil legal experience with an emphasis in family law.  Gwen has worked as a senior deputy prosecutor for the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office for 12 years.  She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Spokane office under Christine Gregoire for 8 years. 

Gwen graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Whitworth College, Spokane.  She has practiced law in 16 different counties and three tribal courts.

Gwen grew up in Spokane, Washington.  She moved to Skagit County in 1998.  Her passions are her two boys and volunteering in the community.  She serves as VP of PTA, Board member for Habitat for Humanity, Cub Scout Committee Chair, and Treasurer for Youth Soccer Association.

Sandra Burt, MSW, Victim Advocate

Sandra Burt is our Victim Advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  Her master’s degree in Social Work is from Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989.  She is a licensed, independent, clinical social worker in the state of Washington.  Her work experience includes three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal doing rural women’s development; two years doing foster care with refugee minors and adoption work at Connections, a multicultural program of Catholic charities in Falls Church, Virginia; thirteen years as a sexual assault therapist with the Victim Assistance Network in Fairfax County, Virginia, and eight years as the school counselor at Orcas Island Elementary School.  She has also had a part-time private psychotherapy practice since 1994. Sandi is deeply committed to empowering those who have experienced victimization.  She facilitates a roundtable of many government agencies and community organizations in San Juan County, to ensure a professional, collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Christine Miller, Victim Advocate

Christine joined the San Juan County Prosecutor's Office in August 2012.  Christine traded the high tempo life of Boston over 22 years ago to pioneer to the San Juan Island with her two children and their cat.  Christine's daughter Addie graduated from the University of Washington and son Matthew from the California Maritime Academy.

Christine served as Fair Manager for over 11 years and then as Jury Manager and now as Victim Advocate with the Prosecutor's Office.  Christine brings skills and wisdom from a wide, wide variety of work and life experiences.

She enjoys traveling with her daughter, fishing with her son, the beauty of islands, her friends, yoga, knitting, hiking, and someday sailing to Alaska with her husband.

Cathryn S. Korth, Assistant to the Prosecuting Attorney

Cathy moved to the San Juan Islands in 2008 from Nampa, Idaho. Before joining the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office she worked in Boise, Idaho, for the law firm of Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chartered, which specializes in Municipal Bonds, General Municipal Law, Environmental, Natural Resource and Water Law.

The love of sailing and travel brought Cathy, her husband, Brad, and son, Dylan to Friday Harbor. Their long-range goal is to circumnavigate the world and feel that the San Juans is the perfect place to practice. In the meantime, Cathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, reading, and exploring her beautiful new home in Washington State.



Cari A. Wilson, Legal Assistant - Superior Court

Camolyn Armstrong, Legal Assistant - District Court

Camolyn joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2007. She moved to San Juan Island in 1993 from Mt. View, California.  Her passions are cooking, water sports, hiking with her dog, spending time outdoors, during the cold winter months, reading a good book and quilting.


Elizabeth Halsey, Legal Assistant - Land Use and Child Support


Prior to moving to San Juan Island, Elizabeth was the Dean of Admissions at a small private college in Portland, Oregon.  She began her interest in law when she reorganized the college’s foreign student policies to comply with post 911 Homeland Security Mandates.  Her interest in legal matters grew as she completed a law class as part of her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Technology Management.  Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, is a published illustrator, and enjoys drawing the beautiful views on the island.  She and her husband Doug enjoy island life and Elizabeth will combine her analytical thinking with her creativity to diligently serve San Juan County.


To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a little bit better, whether by commitment to family, service to victims of crime, or service to our community; and
To know that even one life has breathed easier because we have served.

This is the measure of our success.

We thank Ralph Waldo Emerson for his help with our credo.