Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus has devoted his professional career to upholding principles of justice, supporting the rights of victims and protecting public safety.
Mr. Andrus was born in Southern California and raised in Palo Alto and Boise, Idaho. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1993 where he played basketball for the Runnin’ Utes and Coach Rick Majerus. After graduating from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1996, and passing the California Bar, he joined the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for nine years of distinguished service. In Contra Costa, where he handled an extraordinary range of cases including domestic violence, sexual assault, murder and career criminal/three strikes cases, he tried nearly 50 jury trials including three members of the Nunez/Manning child abduction ring, the East Area Rapist, and a total of 6 defendants sentenced to life in prison for their crimes.
In 2005 the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors sought to appoint to the Office of District Attorney after the former DA resigned. Mr. Andrus was appointed from a statewide slate of candidates and became the youngest District Attorney in California when he took office on April 11, 2005. In 2006 Andrus was elected to a new term as District Attorney, which was followed by re-election in 2010 and 2014.
Mr. Andrus was named to the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Siskiyous in 2017 and has served on the State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAC) since 2015. Also in 2017 Mr. Andrus finished a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the California District Attorney’s Association (CDAA). He continues to serve on the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigations Team (SUMIT) Board after having served as its President from 2015-2017. Mr. Andrus has been active for many years as a Board Member of the Community Services Council (2005-present), is currently serving a second term as President of that Board, has been on the Advisory Committee for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, California since 2005, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Administration of Justice program at the College of the Siskiyous, where he has been an Adjunct Professor since 2006. Andrus formerly served as Vice President of Siskiyou Police Activity League (PAL) from 2005-2007, on the Siskiyou County Law Enforcement and Veteran’s Memorial Foundation Board from 2006-2007, was appointed statewide District Attorney representative to Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) serving from 2007-2008 and on the Student and Family Enrichment (SAFE) Advisory Board supporting after school programs from 2007 to 2009 . Andrus is also President of the Board for the Siskiyou Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), was co-founder of the Siskiyou Animal Cruelty Prevention Task Force (Siskiyou Act).
In addition, Mr. Andrus recently completed his ninth year as a high school varsity basketball coach, having won six league titles and the 2016 Northern Section CIF championship. He has also been named Shasta Cascade League coach of the year five times. Andrus currently serves as the Coach Representative to Athlete Committed, a program designed to maximize performance though applying correct physical, chemical and competitive principles, administered to several local high schools through the Behavioral Health Services division, and as the Rural County representative to the CDAA officer nominating committee. Mr. Andrus is a frequent speaker and trainer for CDAA, local law enforcement, the Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center, local schools, and other government and community groups.
Mr. Andrus and his wife, Heidi, a pharmacist by profession, are parents to six children.