Nick Maybanks announces his official career as a Linn County attorney

Linn County First Assistant Attorney Nick Maybanks is sworn in as Linn County Attorney January 4 during a ceremony at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids. Maybanks will complete Jerry Vander Sanden’s term, which runs until 2022. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Nick Maybanks has been a Linn County District Attorney for over 21 years and wants to continue to strengthen and make this community safer because not only is it his job, it’s where he grew up and where he and his wife do theirs both boys raise daughters.

“The only job of a prosecutor is to administer justice, and the cause of justice should make people’s lives better,” Maybanks told The Gazette on Tuesday as he formally announced his campaign to be Linn County’s next attorney-at-law-elect.

Maybanks, a Democrat, was appointed to the position by the Linn County Board of Supervisors earlier this month after Jerry Vander Sanden retired in early December. Maybanks’ term ends on December 31. District Attorney is an elected position that will be up for election in November.

No other candidate has announced their intention to run at this time. Vander Sanden served as a District Attorney for over 11 of his 38 years with the Linn County Attorney’s Office.

Maybanks, 46, recognizes the position elected is a “political post,” but he doesn’t think most in the community see the role that way.

“I’m not a politician,” he says first. “I’m just the guy who goes to court to represent people and fight for them. Fighting for the people as a prosecutor means wearing many different hats, but traditional politics has little to do with this fight – to make people’s lives safer, safer and more stable.”

Career hotspots

Maybanks believes he has the best qualifications to be Linn County’s chief law enforcement officer. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he has handled almost all types of criminal cases, working with “hundreds” of police officers and investigators “on behalf of thousands of victims.”

He has prosecuted some of the most high-profile cases, including the murder of 18-year-old Michelle Martinko, who was fatally stabbed after walking into the Westdale Mall on December 19, 1979, a cold case that haunted the Cedar Rapids community for nearly 40 years; the fatal September 22, 2012 shooter shooting of 19-year-old Latasha Roundtree, a former high school basketball star, which had nothing to do with an argument between others but ended in the shooter’s wrong aim; and multiple child molestation murders, all of which ended in convictions.

Maybanks has received many awards and honors for his litigation work and achievements as the bureau’s first assistant district attorney. His work on the Martinko case, along with the rest of the prosecution and law enforcement team, was recognized by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa with the 2020 Award of Excellence in Victim Services.

Smooth transition

Maybanks said his transition has been “smooth” since his January 4 appointment due to his experience in the office and his relationships with his “all-star team” of assistant prosecutors. He’s already implemented simple changes that would have immediately made processing law enforcement referrals more efficient and cost-effective, he said.

He has delegated some duties to his first assistant district attorney, Monica Slaughter, and crime director Jordan Schier, allowing Maybanks to take a more proactive and senior role in investigations of “higher-level” violent crimes, child abuse, and sex crimes. He also plans to continue taking on cases as chief prosecutor.

Maybanks has also made efforts to be more accessible to law enforcement early in investigations. He wants to continue building that trust with police, deputies and county investigators so they can work together as a team to build the best possible cases for solid convictions, he said.

He believes that a district attorney’s job should extend to the “health and well-being” of the accused, so he plans to create offender rehabilitation programs and expand existing programs like the marijuana diversion program. This program could be used for other petty drug offenses and petty property crimes. For these, there could be fewer jail or jail sentences, but instead emphasize redress as a goal while ensuring accountability, he said.

Maybanks has asked the board to appoint an assistant district attorney for “rehabilitation,” who will take on cases Maybanks has identified with offenders best suited for rehabilitation and cases resolved with probation, a diversion program, or special court could, such as B. Drugs Court. This prosecutor would follow up on these specific cases throughout the resolution process.

If the office gets clearance for the rehabilitation attorney general, it could be a “novel” position that could set a standard for these types of crimes in the state and beyond, Maybanks said. He is not aware of any other public prosecutor’s office with this specific position.

Maybanks said if he is granted the “honor and privilege” of a full term, the community will get the best of both worlds — a prosecutor with “immensity of experience who is forward-thinking, a victim advocate, a staunch protector of public safety.” and a protagonist for everyone.”

Comments: (319) 398-8318; [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.