About the County Attorney
I was elected as the Clinton County Attorney in November 1998 and has held office since January 1, 1999.
As your County Attorney I am blessed to have developed a great working relationship with all our law enforcement agencies, the Iowa Division Criminal Investigations, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to benefit the County of Clinton, Iowa. The county attorney gives legal representation and counsel to the county’s offices, departments, commissions and boards. I am truly excited about our Clinton County justice system and the people we serve. I continue to have the enthusiasm and energy to work hard for you.
The Clinton County Attorney’s Office serves to prosecute criminal charges and specific civil matters in court. The responsibility of the County Attorney’s Office in Clinton County is to seek and obtain justice. That means working with victims of crime to give them a voice, seek restitution and protecting victims from future harm through legally enforceable no contact orders. Public safety is paramount not only in criminal cases, but civil mental health and substance abuse commitment proceedings.
The County Attorney does
- prosecute individuals who violate the law as the chief law enforcement officer of the county.
- prosecute all state law violations that occur within Clinton County.
- review for prosecution, all criminal state law violations.
- prosecute all Clinton County Ordinance violations committed within Clinton County. (City Ordinance Violations are prosecuted by the City Attorney and questions about those cases should be directed to the particular city's City Attorney).
- review and prosecute juvenile delinquency cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to felonies.
- provide assistance to the Department of Human Services.
- provide legal advice to county department heads and elected officials and act as the legal representative for the county in civil court cases.
- Advise the police twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and provides legal training to law enforcement and other agencies
The County Attorney does not
- represent individuals or private groups in lawsuits (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.