Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of the County Attorney are statutory as established by the legislature. Such duties include:

  • Representing the county in cases which the county is a party
  • Advising the County Board of Commissioners and county officers
  • Prosecuting criminal matters on behalf of the State of Minnesota in Goodhue County
  • Assisting the Grand Jury
  • Processing juvenile delinquency petitions 
  • Processing petitions alleging mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency
  • Assisting the Health and Human Services Department with child support enforcement and paternity cases
  • Representing the Health and Human Services Department in child protection and neglect matters
  • Acting attorney for certain state agencies in local matters