Auditor Overview

Mark Maxwell,
Shelby County Auditor

The office of the County Auditor was created in 1870 as part of a revamping of county government. The duties of the office covered areas that had previously been given to the County Judge in 1851, in the first Code of Iowa, and then to the Clerk of Court in 1861, with the formation of the Board of Supervisors. The State Legislature added the duties of Commissioner of Elections in the early 1970’s. The Institute of Public Affairs has labeled the Auditor’s Office as the “Hub of County Government”. The County Auditor is an elected position, with a term of four years.

The Auditor has many responsibilities and works closely with all the other County Departments.


  • County Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Elections
  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
  • Overseer of the County Plats
  • Custodian of the Courthouse, under direction of the Board
  • Other tasks performed by the Auditor's office include:
    • Filing and maintaining insurance policies and surety bonds.
    • Maintaining all drainage, bridge and road records.
    • Processing licenses and permits for fireworks, cigarettes, beer and liquor.
    • Filing Manure Management Plans and Livestock Confinement Construction Permits.
    • Preparing reports required by the Bureau of Census, Bureau of Labor, OSHA, and Workforce Development of Iowa.

History of the Office of County Auditor - view pdf


For more information on the Duties and Responsibilities of the County Auditor and access to information about the other 98 County Auditors, click on: 

Auditors Responsibilities



The Auditor's Office staff includes:

Mark Maxwell - Shelby County Auditor   mmaxwell@shco.org
Angel Poore - Executive Assistant   apoore@shco.org
Julie Goetzinger - Administrative Assistant/Payroll   jgoetzinger@shco.org 
Taryn Knapp - Real Estate/GIS   tknapp@shco.org

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Contact Information

Mark Maxwell
Shelby County Auditor
612 Court Street Room 208
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Phone: 712.755.3831
Fax: 712.755.3200
Email: mmaxwell@shco.org

Shelby County Courthouse

612 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Monday - Friday
8 am - 4:30 pm