Your county attorney is the legal advisor and chief law officer for your county and is required by statute to:
Prosecute violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances;
Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters;
Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases;
Recover money (debts, fines, penalties, child support, etc.) owing to the state, county or school district;
Represent the applicants for involuntary mental health commitments;
Represent the Department of Human Services in child in need of assistance cases;
Represent the State of Iowa in all juvenile delinquency and truancy proceedings; and
Register crime victims and notify victims of their statutory rights.
Your County Attorney also does:
Monitor the County’s compliance with all federal, state and local regulations;
Assist other departments in the development of policies, procedures and ordinances,
Comprehensive Land Use Plan and personnel policy;
Revise the governing documents of Boards and commissions, such as the Public Health Department and Veterans’ Affairs Commission;
Prepare documents for land transfers from the County;
Assist in personnel issues, such as employment contracts, workers compensation, hiring decisions and termination issues;
Conduct training for officials and employees, particularly on the topics of Open Meetings, Conflicts of Interest, gift law, public records, HIPAA;
Prepare reference materials and training for the Sheriff’s Office and Jail; and
Develop a Bad Check Policy to curtail merchant losses from bad checks.
Your County Attorney cannot:
Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons;
File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage, custody, bankruptcy;
Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals; or
Advise a private group or person if they have a valid civil claim.