Civil Division

Leanne A. Gifford, Assistant County Attorney
Patrick A. Sondag, Assistant County Attorney
Rhonda Richardson-Blair, Legal Assistant

The Civil Division serves as legal counsel to the county’s board of supervisors, elected officials, and county department heads.  The Civil Division is responsible for representing and advising all county offices, departments, committees, and boards and represents the county in both court actions and administrative proceedings.  This representation includes providing legal counsel and representing a department or office and its employees in the event of a lawsuit or complaint.  The Civil Division does not, and pursuant to Iowa law, cannot represent private citizens in legal matters. The Civil Division appears on behalf of the county and/or the State of Iowa in a variety of legal proceedings including violations of the county’s zoning laws and ordinances, mental health commitment proceedings, postconviction proceedings, property assessment appeals, the county’s fine collection and license reinstatement program and other civil legal matters.

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Hope 4 Iowa

The HOPE 4 IOWA Crisis Call Line connects individuals in crisis to a helping hand and the resources to address and improve mental wellness. Available 24/7. For more information visit our website here.








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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.