Roger Sailer

Roger Sailer, who has served as county attorney for Crawford County since July 2013, was appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday as a district court judge in Judicial District 3B.

Judicial Election District 3B includes Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties.

Sailer, of Schleswig, fills the district court judgeship vacated by Julie Schumacher, also of Schleswig, by her appointment by Reynolds to the Iowa Court of Appeals on August 29.

Schumacher was a colleague of Sailer’s in private practice in Denison and then when both served as assistant county attorneys under Michael Mundt.

Sailer is a May 2007 graduate of Creighton School of Law. He was an associate with the Mundt, Franck & Schumacher Law Firm in Denison from September 2007 through July 2013 and served as an assistant county attorney from May 2008 through July 2013.

He was appointed county attorney upon the retirement of Mundt, and at that time the Crawford County Board of Supervisors approved the transition of the county attorney’s positon from part-time to fulltime.

Sailer was then elected as county attorney in November 2014 and re-elected in November 2018.

He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Colorado Boulder.

Prior to attending law school, Sailer served in the U.S. Army and worked in the broadcast media industry.

In his application to be considered for a judgeship, Sailer wrote that during his service in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps, he worked in a sensitive position for the National Security Agency for which he had to undergo an exhaustive investigation into his background, family, work history, affiliations, friendships and financial affairs. He was granted a Top-Secret-SCI security clearance, the highest level attainable.

In the same application, Sailer said he loves serving as Crawford County Attorney and is proud of the work he has done in the office but added that by serving as a district court judge, he would not only be able to retain the aspects of his current work that appeal to him but their scope would be broadened, their reach deepened and their effects magnified.

Two individuals were selected on November 5 as nominees for the District 3B judgeship by the members of the District 3B Judicial Nominating Commission. Robert Tiefenthaler, an attorney who lives in Sergeant Bluff, was the other nominee.

Among the members of the nominating commission are Arlan Ecklund and Jennifer Zupp, both of Denison. In his application, Sailer was required to describe how he is acquainted with Ecklund and Zupp.

District court judges typically hear a variety of cases including probate, felony criminal cases, dissolution of marriage, adoptions, disputes involving actions of state administrative agencies, juvenile cases and other matters. The term of office is six years.

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