The primary responsibility of the County Attorney's office is criminal prosecution.

  Monroe County, Iowa - 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 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.

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 child in need of assist cases.
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.

The County Attorney's duties set by the Iowa Code (PDF)

212 Benton Avenue West
Albia, IA 52531

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00am -  Noon
1:00pm - 5:00pm
(Closed on Holidays)

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

County Attorney:
John A. Pabst

Office Staff:
Anita L. Simmons
Wanda K. Flahive

Attorney's Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Attorney's office

Attorney's Links:
State of Iowa

Iowa Supreme Court

Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa Courts On-Line

Iowa Code

Iowa Sex Offender Registry

Other Links:

U.S. Supreme Court

United States Code

Family Watchdog - National Sex Offender Registry

Monroe County Courthouse - Albia, Iowa

Monroe County Courthouse - statue

Monroe County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse - statue