In 1870, as part of a revamping of county government, the office of County Auditor was created. As the "Hub of County Government", so labeled by the Institute of Public Affairs, the Auditors Office has many responsibilities. The County Auditor is an elected official with a term of four years. Not only is the Auditor the County's Financial Officer, but also the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, the Custodian of the Courthouse, the Overseer of the County Plats, and the Commissioner of Elections.
Other tasks performed by the Auditor's office include:
- >Filing and maintaining insurance policies and surety bonds.
- >Maintaining all drainage records and assessment, bridge and road records.
- >Processing licenses and permits for the sale of cigarettes, beer and liquor.
- >Preparing reports required by the Bureau of Census, Labor, OSHA, and Workforce Development of Iowa.
A Public Access Center has been set up on the main floor of the courthouse in the Auditor's office. Public Records available at this work station include:
- >GIS map of all parcels in Shelby County maintained by the Auditor's real estate staff.
- >Auditor's Real Estate Transfer Books.
- >Recorder's Index which includes digital images of all real estate documents since 1988.
- >Appraisal and Property Tax Information.