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County Attorney

Christopher M. Johnson
PO Box 252
400 Hawkeye Street
Osceola, NE 68651
Phone/Fax – (402) 747-2060

The Polk County Attorney’s Office is on the third floor of the Courthouse. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Functions of the County Attorney’s Office

Elected to a four-year term, the county attorney has a duty to prosecute or defend all civil or criminal suits in which the state or county is a party or interested, on behalf of the state or county. The office verifies and files charges against persons accused of felonies or misdemeanors. The office also prosecutes these violations. When the county board or county officers request opinions or advice concerning duties of the offices or matters in which the state or county may have an interest, the county attorney shall give opinions or advice for no fee.

The county attorney is the coroner and investigates cases where individuals die without the presence of a physician or where death appears to result from violence.

The office assists in collection of child support, inheritance and other taxes. Other duties include filing petitions with Juvenile Court and disposing of cases concerning children who are delinquent, neglected, dependent or in need of special supervision.