Amy S. Vira, Prosecutor
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. Amy worked as a deputy prosecutor in San Juan County for 11 years prior to her election as the prosecutor.
Jonathan Cain, Senior Deputy Prosecutor (Civil)
Jon Cain started his career as a city planner in the San Diego area. Planning work led to an interest in land use law and then law school in Seattle. After internships at the City of Bellingham and the Town of Hunts Point, Jon was hired as a deputy prosecuting attorney for San Juan County in 2006. Initially, Jon focused on helping the County achieve compliance with the Growth Management Act while also handling land use cases and leading child support enforcement for the office. Jon was chosen as Chief Civil Deputy in Spring 2011.
Jon now handles a variety of litigation on diverse topics including eminent domain, elections, construction, mental health, and timber trespass. Jon also handles contract review, real estate transactions, and advising County departments including Public Works, Health and Community Services, Parks and Fair, and the Land Bank. Advising the County Health Officer during a pandemic is among Jon’s most engaging and rewarding work.
When he’s not at work, Jon can be found coaching youth sports or enjoying the beach.
Mason has an eclectic career that spans multiple disciplines and locations throughout the world. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for community development in Azerbaijan from 2009-2011. From 2012 to 2015, he attended American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC where he obtained a Master’s in International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate while interning and working with the Public International Law & Policy Group, the US Department of the Interior, and the Native American Rights Fund. Mason headed abroad again in 2015 to the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia to serve as the founding Executive Director of the College of Micronesia-FSM’s Center for Entrepreneurship while also teaching law in the college’s Trial Counselor Program. He returned to the United States in 2018 where he was the Associate Director and General Counsel for the University Heights Center, a non-profit community center in Seattle’s U-District.
He relocated with his family to San Juan Island in early 2021 for a position with the University of Washington’s satellite marine science research station, Friday Harbor Laboratories. He was honored to take a position with the San Juan County Prosecutor’s office in 2023 as the Civil & Land Use Attorney. The unique ecosystem and inherent, natural beauty of the San Juan Islands have become near and dear to Mason. He is proud to play his small part in stewarding them for the enjoyment of future generations.
Christopher P. Taylor, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Criminal)
Chris began his career as a Kittitas County deputy prosecutor in Ellensburg, where he worked as a district court prosecutor, then the juvenile prosecutor and handled adult sexual assault cases on a rotating basis. Chris then joined a small-town, general practice firm in Ellensburg. He went on to open his own firm in Mount Vernon, where he practiced family law for 12 years, and also worked as a mediator.
Chris loves the San Juan Islands and is grateful for the opportunity to serve this beautiful community and help keep it safe. He earned his J.D. from Willamette University and has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 2007.