Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks has devoted his professional career to achieving justice and promoting public safety. Chris joined the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office in 2005 after having served the citizens of Carson City as a prosecutor from 2002 until 2005. He served Washoe County as a Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney until his successful election in 2014.
During his tenure, Chris has successfully prosecuted thousands of cases including such notable cases as State of Nevada v. Chaz Higgs the murderer of Nevada’s elected State Controller Kathy Augustine, and State of Nevada v. James Michael Biela who abducted and murdered Brianna Denison and sexually assaulted two other University of Nevada students.
As District Attorney, Chris has outlined the office's priorities into four categories: Victim Services, Public Safety, Public Outreach, and Increased Efficiencies. As such, during his administration he has initiated several successful new victim services programs, created a Specialty Court Team, increased prosecutions against the worst offenders, and instituted new and modern outreach methods, just to name a few.
Chris serves on the Nevada Attorney General's Prosecutor Advisory Council and is the President-Elect for the Nevada District Attorney's Association. He also serves on several other criminal justice boards and Nevada Supreme Court Appointed Committees. He is active in the community volunteering as a Youth Mentor at the Maison T Ortiz Outdoor Youth Skills Camp, judging local high school mock trial competitions, and coaching youth soccer and basketball.
Chris was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He is a fifth generation northern Nevadan. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas. He is a loving father of a son and three daughters, and a devoted husband to his wife Nicole, a prosecutor who is the Director of Washoe County’s Child Advocacy Center.Christopher Hicks was sworn in as the 37th District Attorney in Washoe County on January 5th, 2015.