The Ellis County Attorney’s Office is primarily responsible for felony prosecution, misdemeanor prosecution, and domestic battery prosecution. The office is also responsible for handling the following cases:

  • Alcohol / drug care and treatment cases
  • Child in need of care cases
  • County traffic violations
  • Juvenile offender cases
  • Mental illness

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ellis County Attorney’s Office is to enforce the laws of the State of Kansas; to respond to the public safety needs of the community by leading an effective, well-coordinated law enforcement effort that contributes to the overall goal of improving the quality of life in Ellis County; to inspire confidence and public support of law enforcement; to seek truth and administer justice; and to promote the fair and impartial administration of justice, adhering to the highest ethical, professional, and performance standards.

Priorities & Goals

The Ellis County Attorney, and by extension his or her staff, has a duty to make Ellis County a safer place to live and to do so in an efficient and cost-effective manner for the taxpayers of Ellis County. The goals of this office shall be: (1) to prioritize all criminal investigations and cases that include death of a person, crimes and matters involving child victims (including Child in Need of Care cases), sex crimes, violent person crimes, property crimes, and drug distribution crimes; (2) to effectively prosecute as many cases as possible; and (3) to maximize office efficiency for the sake of our taxpayers.

            County Attorney


  • Robert Anderson, Jr, Ellis County Attorney (2021 – present)
  • Brenda L. Basgall, Assistant Ellis County Attorney
  • Aaron Cunningham, Assistant Ellis County Attorney
  • James Rutherford, Assistant Ellis County Attorney