Scott Owens has been in Placer County Law Enforcement for almost 35 years. He is presently the Placer County District Attorney and he has worked in the DA’s office since 1990. Prior to that, he spent seven years working for the Placer County Probation Department.
Scott earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Sacramento in 1986. In May of 1989, he received a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Scott’s career has been devoted to law enforcement. Starting in 1983, Scott has seen the many changes that have taken place within Placer County and our criminal justice system. As a Deputy District Attorney, he tried the case of People v. Kidwell, the first three strikes case to hit Placer County. He also prosecuted People v. Townsend, the first “High Tech” trial in Placer County, and People v. Eggen, the Colfax bombing case that made national headlines in 1995. He also handled the Kristina Fuelling case involving the drowning of a Granite Bay infant.
During his time with the District Attorney’s Office, he has prosecuted all manners of crimes, from driving under the influence cases to homicides. In 1998 he was chosen by his peers as the “Prosecutor of the Year” following his successful prosecution of a high profile homicide/carjacking with kidnapping and bank robbery case. He served as President of the Placer County Deputy District Attorney’s Association from 1994-1998.
He supervised the Roseville Branch of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office from 1996-1998, and was overseeing that office when it was consolidated with the Auburn Office in 1998. From 2002 to 2005, he spent three years in the Family Protection Unit, handling all manners of crimes, with an emphasis on Domestic Violence and crimes involving children.
From 2005 to 2008, Scott served on the Homicide Review Team, made filing decisions on all cases involving officers as victims, and handled various felony matters, in addition to helping train new attorneys. He was involved in implementing the Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol adopted by Placer Law Enforcement Agencies on September 3, 2008. This protocol, a joint effort of all of the agencies, is the first of its kind in Placer County.
In 2008, Scott was promoted to Assistant District Attorney. His responsibilities included assisting then District Attorney Brad Fenocchio in managing and directing the operations of the District Attorney’s Office. These include preparing and implementing the overall budget of the Office.
In 2010, Scott Owens was elected the Placer County District Attorney. He is now a co-chair of the California District Attorney’s Association’s Statewide Elder Abuse Committee and chair of the Rural and Medium Size Counties’ Committee.
Scott grew up in Placer County living in the Auburn and Colfax areas. He has always been active in many community activities including Leadership Auburn, Placer County Peer Court, Colfax High School Parent Club, The Tommy Apostolos Fund and The Placer County Chaplaincy. He is known as the BBQing D.A. to the Chaplains as he and his loyal friends and family have BBQ’d for their primary fundraiser as volunteers for the last seven years. He has served as a Board member for the Roseville Police Athletic League and the Coalition for Placer Youth and is on the Full Circle Treatment Centers Board of Governors. In addition, he has been an instructor at the Sierra College Police Academy.
Scott’s many hobbies include spending time with his family, hiking, fishing and martial arts. He is a lifetime member of the Blackbelt Council of Shotokan Karate of America. He resides in Colfax with his wife Laura and son. His married daughter is a Dr. of Clinical Psychology.