The Lincoln County Attorney is a full-time elected position of four years.
As a full-time County Attorney, the law prohibits the County Attorney or any member of their staff from engaging in the private practice of law as well as providing legal advice to the general public.
By law, the County Attorney is the legal adviser to the Board of County Commissioners, all elected officials of Lincoln County, Fire Districts, Weed Districts, School Districts, Health Department, and Conservation Districts.
The County Attorney is the Public Prosecutor and prosecutes all felonies in Lincoln County, as well as misdemeanors which occur in the county and outside city limits.
The County Attorney’s office works with all law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County including Libby Police Department, Troy Police Department, Eureka Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Transportation, Animal Control, Montana Highway Patrol, as well as other State and Federal investigative agencies in the prosecution of crimes.
The County Attorney represents the Montana Department of Health and Human Services in the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases. The County Attorney also represents the Department in guardianship or conservatorship proceedings for indigent individuals at the request of Adult Protective Services.
The County Attorney handles Youth Court proceedings and involuntary commitments of the seriously mentally ill. The County Attorney also prosecutes violations of county ordinances, including junk vehicles, community decay, animal control and air quality.