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County Attorney's Office
Our Mission 
To promote justice and public safety through fair, effective, and efficient prosecuting of crime; to protect the children, families, and vulnerable in need; and to provide quality legal representation for Blue Earth County.

Our Vision
To ensure that Blue Earth County is a safe and just place to live, work, and grow - today and tomorrow.

Responsibilities & Duties

The County Attorney has duties prescribed by state statutes, court rules, professional responsibility rules, and court decisions. The County Attorney serves as “corporate counsel” for the county. The County Attorney provides legal advice to the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners and other County Officials. The County Attorney represents Blue Earth County in civil lawsuits. The County Attorney prosecutes felony cases and juvenile delinquency cases and advises the grand jury in criminal proceedings.

The County Attorney also prosecutes many types of misdemeanor violations. In response to referrals from the County Human Services Department, the County Attorney handles commitments for chemical dependency and mental illness and matters involving juvenile welfare such as nonsupport, paternity adjudication, child protection proceedings, and termination of parental rights.

The Blue Earth County Attorney has an experienced staff of assistant county attorneys and legal assistants to aid in performing these duties.

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Pat McDermott

County Attorney

Blue Earth County Justice Center
401 Carver Rd.
P.O. Box 3129
Mankato, MN 56002-3129

Ph: (507) 304-4600
Fx: (507) 304-4620
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