Current term expires 2022
Served as County Attorney since 1987
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Property Tax Petitions
The County Attorney's Office has outlined alternative services for 2020 property tax petitions during the COVID-19 outbreak
James C. Backstrom is the 23rd Dakota County Attorney. He was first appointed as County Attorney by the County Board in 1987 and has since been elected eight times by the citizens of Dakota County. As Dakota County Attorney, Backstrom leads the County Attorney’s Office whose duties include:
- Prosecuting adult felony crimes that occur within the county
- Prosecuting all cases involving juveniles
- Providing assistance to victims and witnesses
- Providing legal counsel to the County Board of Commissioners and County departments
- Initiating legal actions to protect abused and neglected children, and vulnerable adults, and to provide child support enforcement and more
- Providing crime prevention initiatives
To learn more about the functions of the Dakota County Attorney's Office, see the Your County Attorney at Work brochure.