Official Website for Page County, Iowa


Contact Information

County Attorney

Carl Sonksen


112 E Main Street

PO Box 478
Clarinda, IA 51632


Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


(712) 542-2514  



(712) 542-2582


Assistant  Attorney

Jim Varley

Duties of the County Attorney

 Prosecuting violations of the laws of the State of Iowa, and of County Ordinances.

 The County Attorney is also the legal advisor for the County Offices of Page County.
 Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
 Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters.
 Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
 Recover all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc) owing to the state or county.
 Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child

need of assistance cases.
 There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa.

 More than half of Iowa County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal work in addition to their official duties.

Misconceptions about the County Attorney

 Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons in his official capacity as County Attorney.

 File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage

 Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals