Government – Local

Federal • State • Local

Mahaska County Courthouse

The Board of Supervisors is the executive and administrative branch of county government. The supervisors make policy for the county, administer the various county programs and have final authority over the county budget. Its main responsibility is setting a county budget to meet the needs of the rural population in the township areas and the human service needs of the entire county. The three members of the Board of Supervisors are elected at large and serve overlapping four year terms.

City Hall – Oskaloosa IA

The citizens of Oskaloosa have adopted Home Rule Charter, which provides for a Mayor-Council-Appointed Manager form of government and based upon the following principles:
1) That the government of Oskaloosa is a representative form of government directly accountable to its citizens, who all share the responsibility for it.  2) That the government of Oskaloosa, and those representing it, should be accessible and responsive to the people.
3) That each citizen has a right to obtain fair, equal and courteous treatment from each City official and employee.
4) That the government of Oskaloosa promote the health, safety and general welfare of its residents and encourage the participation of its citizens in their government in order to secure the full benefits of “Home Rule.”


Federal • State • Local 

Mahaska County Courthouse

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  1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration:
    Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
  2. the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed:
    monarchical government; episcopal government.
  3. the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.

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Government – Judicial

Government: Federal • State • Local 

A host of information as well as interactive, on-line services can be found on the Iowa Judicial Branch’s web site. Their Mission Statement reads:  “The Iowa Judicial Branch dedicates itself to providing independent and accessible forums for the fair and prompt resolution of disputes, administering justice under law equally to all persons.” Their adopted core values are…

Fairness: Guided by the rule of law and committed to impartiality in all its decisions and actions, the Iowa Judicial Branch delivers high quality justice and service to all persons regardless of their gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.

Accessibility: Iowa’s courts are committed to reasonable and affordable fees and procedures, as well as safe and convenient court locations, facilities accessible to persons with disabilities, and high quality language interpretation services. Court instructions, orders, judgments and forms shall be understandable to the average citizen. Unless prohibited by law, all court proceedings and records shall be open and accessible to the public we serve.

Integrity: Iowa’s courts employ well-trained and hard-working personnel who are committed to excellence, bound by codes of professional ethics and conduct, and accountable for the public funds allocated for judicial branch operations.

Independence: Empowered by the constitutional principles of our democracy, the Iowa Judicial Branch exercises governmental autonomy while maintaining respect for, and fostering cooperation with, the executive and legislative branches of government. Iowa’s courts are free from, and do not engage in, any partisan politics.

Efficiency: Civil claims, criminal charges, and all other matters coming before Iowa’s courts shall be addressed with efficiency and dispatch, consistent with careful and thoughtful deliberation. To that end, the Iowa Judicial Branch applies its resources toward practical and innovative technologies for the administration of justice.

Adopted by the Iowa Supreme Court, November 10, 1999

Government – Federal

Federal • State • Local 

The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, respectively.

  • Executive Branch – The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
  • Legislative Branch – Established by Article 1 of the Constitution, the Legislative Branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate which together form the United States Congress.
  • Judicial Branch – Where the Executive and Legislative branches are elected by the people, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Article III of the Constitution of the United States guarantees that every person accused of wrongdoing has the right to a fair trial before a competent judge and a jury of one’s peers.
  • Constitution – The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land. Learn more about this document, its history, and read the full text.
  • Federal Agencies & Commissions – There are hundreds of federal agencies and commissions charged with handling such responsibilities as managing America’s space program, protecting its forests, and gathering intelligence. Research and a full list can be found at
  • White House Briefing Room –  Read the latest news from the White House, watch live and archived events.

Government – State

Federal • State • Local
Click for information about Iowa’s Judicial Branch

The following links provide direct access to items as described. Please contact the web site administrator should you find links that are broken or if there is information you’d like to see posted here which is not.

  • State of Iowa – Home page of the official web site for the State of Iowa
  • Iowa Attorney  General – Linking to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s page will provide additional information and links for consumers, crime victims, businesses, and more including current alerts and news releases.
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources – The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks; carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs.
  • Iowa Department of Public Health – The IDPH partners with local public health, policy makers, heath care providers, business, and many others to fulfill their mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans.
  • Iowa Legislature – The purpose of this Iowa General Assembly Website is to provide a starting point for access to legislative-related information. The information constitutes an invaluable resource in researching Iowa law, public policy, and the process of enacting legislation. Visitors can track legislation and listen to live or archived Senate and House audio and Video.