Attorney

The County Attorney is an elected official for a 4-year term. The duties and responsibilities of this office are provided by statute. The most prevalent function of the County Attorney is that of prosecutor. 


Responsibilities


During criminal investigations, attorneys in the County Attorney's Office will aide and advise law enforcement officers, visit crime scenes, and prepare search and arrest warrants, if needed. The prosecutors also draft criminal charging documents and handle matters through trial and sentencing.

The County Attorney's Office is also responsible for handling civil matters, which include committing persons into state hospitals, child protection matters, vulnerable adult protection matters, as well as pursue child support collections.

The County Attorney also attends County Board of Commissioners meetings and Meeker County Memorial Hospital Board meetings, and provides legal advice to both. She also advises other department heads and county employees on legal matters, and pursues enforcement of various County Ordinances and other laws for the various departments, including Zoning and Public Health. If the County is sued, it is represented by the County Attorney. 

Citizens Seeking Advice


The County Attorney is not permitted to provide legal advice to citizens, but can refer them to a department or other agency that can help them.  Citizens requesting help with civil matters may seek out assistance from private law firms.

The Crime Victim/Witness Coordinator (CVWC) provides assistance throughout the prosecution process and direct advocacy to victims who have been impacted by a crime.  This individual also works with and on behalf of  indirect victims of a crime who have incurred a loss or trauma.  Additionally, the CVWC may assists victims with filing claims for restitution and seeking other resources when needed.

Staff:


Brandi L. Schiefelbein, Meeker County Attorney
John P. Fitzgerald, Assistant County Attorney
Jaqueline R. Fogal, Assistant County Attorney
Matthew D. Hohenstein, Assistant County Attorney
Jonathan M. Hoffmann, Assistant County Attorney

Mandi Pollock, Office Manager
Shelly Schweikert, Legal Assistant
Nikki Loch, Legal Assistant

Angie Maus, Crime Victim/Witness Coordinator
Kathy Hofstad, Assistant to the Crime Victim/Witness Coordinator



*For assistance with Orders for Protection or Harassment Restraining Orders not connected to an open criminal matter, please contact Safe Avenues at (320) 593-0876.  Safe Avenues is a Community-Based Advocacy Center that is not affiliated with the Meeker County Attorney's Office.