Reynolds will also lead Iowa County Attorneys Association
DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller appointed Story County Attorney Jessica A. Reynolds to serve as Iowa’s Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator, who also serves as the executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association.
“This is an important statewide position that supports the great work of Iowa’s 99 county attorneys,” Miller said. "Jessica’s experience as a leader, prosecutor and trainer will be vital to serving Iowans and our justice system.”
Reynolds will start in the dual role on Feb. 10. She has been Story County attorney since 2016. She has worked in the office since 2008, and previously served as first assistant and assistant Story County attorney. She also worked in the Kossuth and Warren county attorney’s offices. Reynolds is a member of the Iowa Supreme Court’s Grievance Commission. She is a graduate of Central College and Drake University Law School.
The Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator provides support, continuing education and training for Iowa’s prosecuting attorneys, their assistants and their victim/witness coordinators. The Legislature created the position in 1975.
Through a longstanding memorandum of understanding, the Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator also serves as executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association. The nonprofit corporation encourages and maintains close coordination among county attorneys, promotes the uniform and efficient administration of Iowa’s criminal justice system, monitors legislation, and assists county attorneys through continuing legal education.
Reynolds will replace Tom Ferguson, who is retiring Dec. 30 as Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator and executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association. Ferguson has served in the roles since June 2015. He was elected to seven terms as Black Hawk County attorney.
“Tom was extraordinary in both roles, exhibiting strong leadership and incredible good judgment that we all respect and admire so much. I will miss his wise counsel and leadership,” Miller said.