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Civil Division

The Civil Division provides services to attorneys, the courts and the public. The following civil processes are handled with the Civil Division:

  • Summons and Complaints
  • Services of Original Notices
  • Subpoenas
  • General Executions
  • Writs
  • Sheriff's Sales
  • Levy's
  • Condemnations
  • Eviction Processes (property owners should seek legal advice to determine appropriate procedure and obtain forms.

Contact Information

875 State Street
P.O. Box 70
Garner, Iowa 50438

(641) 923-4403

Fees Schedule

Attachment - $30.00
Bill of Sale - $30.00
Cancellation of Sheriff Sale - $50.00
Certificate of Purchase - $50.00
Citation - $30.00
Condemnation/summoning the commission - $200.00
Conveyance fee - $25.00/hr
Copies (each) - $0.50
Copies on CD/DVD/Flash Drive - $15.00
Deed - $50.00
Diligent Search Filings - $15.00
Domestic Abuse Order - $30.00
Driver's license record - $11.00
Execution - $30.00
Fingerprinting - $10.00
Garnishment and Interrogatories - $30.00
Injunction - $30.00
Inventory fee - $20.00/hr
Mental Pickup* - $30.00
Mileage** (subject to change) - $0.56/mile
Notice - $30.00
Notice of Garnishment - $30.00
Order - $30.00
Original Notice - $30.00
Each additional Original Notice same household - $20.00
Permit to Acquire - $25.00
Permit to Carry Weapons - $50.00
Permit to Carry Weapons Renewal - $25.00
Post Notice (each) - $10.00
Receiving fax or printing from e-mail (each page) - $0.50
Setting a Sale - $75.00
Sex offender registration - $25.00
Subpoena - $35.00
Summons - $30.00
Transport Order* - $30.00
Warrant - $35.00
Writs - $30.00

*Plus $25.00 per hour conveyance fee going to and from institution.
**The maximum mileage allowed to be charged for the use of business vehicles is set by the IRS.

Evictions Procedures

  1. When the Clerk of Court receives a ruling on a forcible entry and detainer action in your favor you will need to request that the clerk issue a Writ of Possession to the sheriff. It will not be done automatically.
  2. Contact the Sheriff's Office, Civil Division, at (641) 923-2621 or (641) 923-4403, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday to schedule an eviction time. We will not schedule an eviction for the same day you have contacted us. We do not have staff available to do evictions on the weekend. The eviction must be completed by 4 p.m. so we will schedule that with goal in mind. The Writ of Possession is good for 30 days.
  3. The Sheriff's Office will be delivering a copy of the writ along with a courtesy letter stating the date and time of the eviction to the address of the defendant. It is not necessary to serve this letter on the defendant, so we will post it on the door if no one is available to receive it. There is no charge if the notice is posted on the door. A courtesy letter is not required but is recommended.
  4. The day of the eviction we will expect the plaintiff or his agent to check the location to see if the defendant has vacated voluntarily. Please call our office to either confirm or cancel the eviction. We will not respond until we hear from you. If you discover that the defendant has vacated previous to the eviction date please inform our office so we can use that time for other purposes.
  5. At the time for the eviction we will expect the plaintiff to provide enough manpower to complete the eviction in approximately one hour. We recognize that unusual situations requiring more time will occur occasionally. If the plaintiff comes to the eviction grossly understaffed we will reschedule for a time that enough staff can be provided. Our function is to provide the authority, keep the peace, and direct the procedure. Law enforcement will remove anyone found on the property. The Plaintiff may allow the defendant to assist with removal. However, once the removal is done the defendant may not enter the property. The defendant could be charged with trespassing if they do enter the property after the eviction.
  6. We request that the plaintiff provide enough boxes and large trash bags to facilitate efficient moving of property. Property should be moved in a manner so minimal or no damage happens. If a waterbed needs to be drained we may request that you bring a pump in the interest of time. It is recommended that you wear protective gloves and keep in mind the danger of sharp objects and blood borne pathogens. The eviction may be postponed by the sheriff if weather conditions are severe. We suggest you plan to change the locks.
  7. We have the plaintiff move the property to the area where garbage pickup is done. If this is not feasible, alternatives should be arranged in advance whenever possible. Be prepared to deal with abandoned vehicles through your local law enforcement agency at the time of eviction.
  8. We will expect the plaintiff to remove all property/garbage from the location, including any storage areas or garages. We will not be involved in determining what is valuable and what is not. The Sheriff is not responsible for the defendant's property. If the defendant vacates voluntarily it is up to the plaintiff to decide if they want to have our office stand by while any remaining property is removed. If the eviction procedure is cancelled the plaintiff accepts any liability for property left behind.
  9. Our fees for service of a Writ of Possession (an eviction) are $30 plus mileage.