The county attorney is the legal advisor for the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners and county departments. The county attorney does not provide civil legal advice to private citizens. As the legal advisor for the county, the county attorney serves in a role similar to that of an in-house corporate counsel.
The county attorney provides legal advice to the county board and county departments to assist in providing many public services, such as waste management, child protection, and the protection of vulnerable adults. Other areas of civil advice include defending challenges to property tax values, representing the Human Services Department on welfare appeals, enforcing county environmental and health ordinances, and forfeiting property used in connection with criminal activity.
Additionally, the county attorney's office assist the county in buying property, negotiating leases and contracts, and in defending against personal injury, workers compensation, employment, civil rights, and other law suits.