Magistrate John L. Kies was appointed to serve Jackson County in 2013. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1995 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1998. He served as Assistant Wright County Attorney from 1998 until 2000. He was appointed Jackson County Attorney in 2000 and served until 2006. He has been in private practice since 2007. Mr. Kies is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Jackson County Bar Association. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he lives in rural Jackson County and is married with two children.