State’s Attorney Hires New Assistant

Attorney Carl Martineck is the new Barnes County Assistant State’s Attorney, replacing Brad Cruff, who left the state’s attorney’s office after being elected Judge of Southeast District Court Eight in Wahpeton.

Martineck practiced law in Valley City for the past few years specializing in real estate, family law, custody, divorce, wills and trust, and criminal defense as the court-appointed attorney for the district court.

His primary job in the state’s attorney’s office will be prosecuting cases. However, he does plan to keep his own practice open to work with a few clients in the evenings, though he won’t be doing criminal defense. He had already made commitments to clients that he didn’t want to let go.

Martineck is excited and nervous about his new position.

“I’ve never prosecuted cases before,” he said, and he has already been assigned cases.

The position was originally filled by Ashley Heitkamp, Stutsman County Assistant State’s Attorney, who had another commitment and was unable to start.

“It was a unique opportunity,” said Martineck, and very quick. He was offered the job by Barnes County State’s Attorney Lee Grossman at the beginning of the year.

Martineck grew up in Ohio and Tennessee. He earned his undergraduate degree in Phoenix and finished law school in Colorado in 2009.

Martineck and his wife Amy, a Valley City native who works as an administrator at Polymer Products, live in Valley City with their daughter Abigail, seven.

When he’s not working, Martineck likes outdoor activities including hiking, running and biking.