The Scott County Attorney's Office serves in civil matters as legal counsel for the Scott County Board of Supervisors and all county officers and agencies. The County Attorney's Office also serves in criminal matters as chief prosecutor for the State of Iowa in Scott County.
The Scott County Attorneys Office has assistant county attorneys and support personnel. The Scott County Attorneys Office processes over 4,000 indictable criminal cases per year and averages six contacts with county agencies per week.
In the recent past, both the criminal justice system and Scott County, itself, have undergone changes that have impacted the way in which the County Attorney's Office functions.
For instance, now that insurance costs have caused Scott County to become largely self-insured, the County Attorney’s Office’s civil division represents Scott County and its employees in almost all litigation filed against Scott County. Requests for County Attorney opinions and contacts for advice have therefore multiplied greatly in recent years.
Secondly, the Scott County Attorney's Office started the Scott County Check Offender in 1997 to assist local merchants with financial losses from bad checks. The primary goal of the Check Offender Program is to recover full restitution for the merchant without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system. The Check Offender Program works with Check Offender Services, Inc. to provide a unique cooperative effort between private and public sectors. Merchants in Scott County benefit because they receive restitution without paying collection fees. First time bad check writers benefit also because they receive the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by paying restitution for the bad check and by attending an intervention class aimed at avoiding further checking account problems. Finally, Scott County citizens benefit from the Check Offender Program because it was established without any additional cost to the taxpayer.
In addition, the Scott County Attorney's Office continues to find alternative funding sources for criminal justice projects by applying for and administering a number of federal and local monetary grants.
Also, the County Attorney's Office administers the largest asset forfeiture program in the State of Iowa.
The alternative revenue sources listed herein aid Scott County in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality services to its citizens at a responsible cost.
The Scott County Attorney's Office is located on the second floor of the Scott County Courthouse, 400 W. 4th Street, Davenport, IA 52801, (563) 326-8600, and is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.