Assistant Wapello County Attorney

Posted 11/29/18

The Wapello County Attorney is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Wapello County Attorney.  This position is responsible for prosecution of felony criminal cases and also performs duties in magistrate court to include prosecution of simple misdemeanors and mental health commitment proceedings.  The responsibilities of this position may change as needed, as determined by the County Attorney.

This position requires a valid license to practice law in the State of Iowa.   Prosecution experience is preferred.  Starting salary is $50,000 per year or more depending on experience with a competitive benefits package.  Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Chris Eakins
Office Manager
Wapello County Attorney’s Office
219 N. Court
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Emailed documents in PDF format preferred.  Preferred writing sample is a motion or responsive pleading in a criminal matter, such as a motion to suppress or resistance to a motion to suppress, trial brief, or similar document.

Applications must be received by Friday, December 7, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Wapello County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Veterans Preference is provided where applicable.


Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney                                                                                                   posted 11/21/2018

Position #:             27181
Job Title:               Assistant County Attorney
Department:          County Attorney
Pay Grade:             450  06-GS 450 $56,157.37 – $103,597.02  ($27.00 – $49.81)
FLSA Status:         Exempt
Date Opened:        
Date Closed:          When Filled


Under general direction of the County Attorney conducts prosecution in court proceedings in behalf of county and states government; advises county concerning legal rights, obligations and privileges; performs related work as required.


  • Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
  • Makes recommendation to County Attorney regarding advisability of prosecution and related courses of action;
  • Interviews clients and witnesses to ascertain facts of case.
  • Gathers and analyzes evidence in case of reviews pertinent decisions, policies, regulations and other legal matters pertaining to case;
  • Provides evidence to formulate prosecution. Correlates findings and prepares case. 
  • Studies Constitution and examines legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit;
    • Examines and accepts or rejects allotted number of potential jurors;
  • Presents and conducts case before judge and jury;
    • Examines and cross examines witnesses.
    • Summarizes case to jury.
  • May act as agent to the County on various transactions.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Supervision is received from the County Attorney
  • No functional or administrative supervision is exercised over support staff.


  • JD Degree from an accredited law school is required
  • Admission to the bar of the State of Iowa is required
  • Demonstrated job-related experience in a governmental environment is preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.


The work environment and the physical demand characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.

Qualified applicants can go online and apply at: 


Pottawattamie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer