Term: four years
Term Expires: December 31, 2010
No one is eligible for this office who has not been admitted to
the bar or whose license is suspended or revoked.
The responsibilities of the County Attorney are prosecuting violations of the
laws of the State of Iowa, and of County Ordinances.
The County Attorney DOES:
all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers
concerning county matters.
an defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child
in need of assistance cases.
There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa. Roughly
two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal
work in addition to their official duties.
Your County Attorney in his or her official capacity, DOES NOT:
legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions
for dissolution of marriage.
wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.
The County Attorney's duties set by the Iowa Code (PDF)