Your County Attorney is the legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for your county.
The County Attorney DOES:
– Prosecute all 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 all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
– Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency
and children in need of assistance cases.
Your County Attorney in his or her official capacity, DOES NOT:
– 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.
– Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.
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.