Responsibilities of County Attorney

The Otter Tail County Attorney is an elected official with specific obligations set forth in Minnesota Statutes. The County Attorney is the chief prosecutor for all adult felony crimes in the county and also prosecutes misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses occurring in unincorporated areas. The County Attorney duties include the following:
  • Prosecutes all levels of crime committed by juveniles
  • Provides assistance and support to the victims of crime, including the seeking of restitution for losses they have suffered
  • Serves as the legal adviser to the County Board of Commissioners and other county officials
  • Represents the county in civil litigation
  • Initiates legal actions to protect abused or neglected children and vulnerable adults
  • Files involuntary commitment actions to provide necessary treatment for individuals who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or mentally handicapped
  • Brings actions to obtain or enforce child support obligations, to establish paternity of children and to obtain reimbursement of public funds
In order to perform his duties, the Otter Tail County Attorney has an experienced staff of assistant County Attorneys, legal assistants and secretaries; a crime victim/witness coordinator, a collections officer and a welfare fraud investigator. The County Attorney and his staff are not permitted to represent or provide legal advice to private citizens.

Attorney's Mission

The Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office will strive to provide fair and vigorous prosecution to promote justice and public safety and provide legal counsel and representation to Otter Tail County as a political subdivision.

In pursuit of this mission, the County Attorney resolves to:
  • Promote a work environment that emphasizes high ethical standards, professionalism and competent legal representation
  • Establish an atmosphere of compassion, trust and mutual respect
  • Maintain public confidence by creating a day-to-day operation that is efficient and effective
  • Provide training for employees and education for the public about the administration of justice
  • Create and maintain open communication to promote the best interests of the citizens of the county
  • Encourage an environment that is positive and courteous among employees and the public
  • Collaborate with law enforcement and community groups to deter crime
  • Ensure the rights of victims are protected with dignity, respect and compassion

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