County Attorneys are unique among all the positions within county government as it is the only position provided for by the Constitution of the State of Iowa. All other positions are products of legislation.
The County Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of the county as well as the chief prosecuting attorney. The primary responsibility of the County Attorney's Office is to prosecute individuals who violate the law. The Woodbury County Attorney's Office prosecutes all state law violations that occur within Woodbury County. All law enforcement agencies working within Woodbury County forward all criminal state law violations to the Woodbury County Attorney's Office for review and prosecution. The County Attorney also prosecutes all Woodbury County Ordinance Violations committed within Woodbury County.
The County Attorney also provides legal advice to county department heads and elected officials and acts as the legal representative for the county in civil court cases.
The County Attorney does not:
- represent individuals or private groups in law suits (including dissolution of marriages or custody proceedings);
- provide legal advice for individuals or private groups on any issue;
- prepare wills, deeds, trusts, protection orders, or other legal documents for individuals or private groups;
- investigate crimes, complaints, or child abuse.