Departments | Attorney
Iowa created the County Attorney as an elected position in 1846. The primary responsibility of the County Attorney's Office is criminal prosecution. The Prosecutor in many ways is the heart of the Criminal Justice system. Except for Simple Misdemeanors, all charging decisions rest with the prosecutor. No jury or court can convict a person of a serious crime without a prosecutor first determining that pursuing a criminal charge will serve the interest of justice. Therefore, the County Attorney's daily challenge is to deal appropriately with the people involved in the Criminal Justice system.