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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 1970s. 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 the 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.

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


Clerk to the Board of Supervisors Commissioner of Elections County Financial Officer GIS Maps & Real Estate Records 

Auditor's office staff includes:

Mark Maxwell - Auditor

Angel Poore - Accounts Payable/Elections

Taryn Knapp - Real Estate/GIS/Elections/Budget Director

Melissa Arkfeld - Payroll/Benefits/Elections

Cindy Pash - Clerk

Contact Information

Shelby County Courthouse
612 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537