Magistrate Hammond was appointed to serve Linn County in 2017. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Iowa and his J.D., with distinction, from the University Of Iowa College Of Law in 1984. He was an Assistant Linn County Attorney from 1984 -1987 and a staff attorney with the Linn County Advocate from 1987-1993 before entering into full time private practice. He is married and has two children.