Jim Barry
by Discover Muscatine Staff
November 16, 2020

Discover Muscatine offered all candidates the opportunity to provide information about themselves, their campaigns and to answer a few questions to help voters get to know them better.

Office Sought: Muscatine County Attorney

Political Party: Republican

Candidate email address: [email protected]

Campaign Committee: Barry for Muscatine County Attorney

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
Muscatine SchoolsMuscatineIowa12Graduated
Drury CollegeSpringfieldMissouri4Bachelor’s degree
Washington UniversitySt.LouisMissouri3JD

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
Cass County, IowaAsst. & County AttorneyJan. 1987Sept. 2004Asst. & County Attorney
Otto, Lorence & BarryAttorneyOctober 1986Jan. 2003Attorney
Signature ConstructionProject Man. & AttorneySept. 2004March 2007Project Man. & Attorney
Hoffmann, Inc.Project Man. & AttorneyApril 2007May 2020Project Man. & Attorney
Muscatine CountyInterim County AttorneyMay 11, 2020currently employedCounty Attorney

Why are you running for election?

My passion has always been towards public service and service of others. The County Attorney’s position allows me to serve our county and then persons that are involved in the criminal system. We are all called to serve and I am pursuing that calling.

What are the 3 most important issues facing your office over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
Coming out of Covid-19Caseload and backlog present many challengesHave been engaged since 5-11-2020 in moving forward
Continuing forward with qualified and dedicated staffCase processing requires bothHave hired competent personnel to replace lost employees and have worked with existing staff to build a team type approach
Continue to build relationship with law enforcement and all county employees/officialsThe County operates as a larger entity that extends beyond a single officeBe aviaible, present and diligent to provide the services required.

What are the 3 most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue? (if applicable)
The protection of our criminal justice system and the various playersThe system serves all citizens and must continue to be of serviceProviding work effort beyond the minimum necessary and in all facets of the office
Working with various governmental entities to solve common problemsWe are a county and not just some citiesWork to build trust and unity through presence, excellence and example
Publics negative impression of government in generalOur government and offcials must be trusted to be effectiveWork each day to assure that my actions are consistent with my core beliefs and values regarding service

What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

Consistent and excellent service to everyone in Muscatine County, this State and our Country matters to us all and should be expected of the County Attorney and all elected officials.

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