Owyhee County

Chris Topmiller

Serving the Citizens of Owyhee County since 2022

I’m an Idaho native, born in Weiser, and except for a stint in the Marine Corps, never lived nor had any desire to live anywhere else. After I graduated Law School in 2001 from the University of Idaho College of Law, I started as a Deputy Prosecutor in Canyon County, where I remained for seven years. I then worked for the Idaho Attorney General for three years in their office of Special Prosecutions, and then was the Chief Criminal Deputy in Canyon County for eleven years. In 2022, I had an opportunity to become the Owyhee County Prosecutor, and I love it there. I plan on staying for as long as the citizens of Owyhee County will have me.

As far as other interests, I’m very involved in youth sports in the Homedale community thanks to my two daughters, and I occasionally coach basketball for them. I also love to fish, and try to get out at least one day every weekend April-November.

As a veteran, my military service is very important to me. I’m a member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Wilder ID chapter, as well as the Snake River chapter of the Marine Corps League, where I have been nominated to be the chapter’s Judge-Advocate. I’m also a member of the Homedale Basque Club, and the Third District Youth Court.


I became a prosecutor because I like the fact that I get to act as a prosecutor, but also as a defender of the public at times. A defense attorney’s role is more passive; they take the cases as they come. But the Prosecutor gets to decide if maybe the interests of justice warrant going another route besides that of criminal prosecution. I like being in a position to actually help citizens, both as victims and as defendants.


Chris Topmiller