Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.
Salary: $5,178.65 – $5,477.57 per month DOE
Benefits, which include: Eligibility for health, HRA Veba, dental, and vision coverage, retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 11 County paid holidays.
To complete the application process for this position you must submit the following:
- Cover letter
JOB SUMMARY: The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, represents the State of Washington in Pend Oreille County courts in criminal cases. This position manages an active criminal caseload in District Court but may also include other types of criminal prosecutions depending on interest and ability when requested. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of cases through trial and sentencing and may require the handling of appeals. Works cooperatively and effectively with law enforcement, the public and other employees. This position is full-time, exempt, and subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervision is not a routine responsibility of this position. Work is performed independently under the direction of the Prosecutor / Office Manager.
- Prepares cases for litigation.
- Works with law enforcement to ensure thorough investigation of cases.
- Reviews reports for legal sufficiency and determines appropriate charges to be filed.
- Responsible for representing the state and arranging court hearings on all necessary matters, including bail reduction hearings, preliminary appearance hearings and pretrial hearings.
- Responsible for ensuring the completeness and thoroughness of the investigation on the matter at hand and for researching and briefing the court.
- Advise law enforcement agencies on the legal aspects of specific offenses and on proper arrest, search and seizure and related procedures.
- Prepares and litigates jury trials or bench trials as appropriate; selects juries if applicable; may handle appellate matters arising from such trials or hearings, including appellate brief preparation and argument.
- Presents and conducts courtroom proceedings necessary for the hearing of assigned cases.
- Determines strategy, including organization, timing and order of evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses and related factors.
- Ensures Prosecuting Attorney and other concerned parties are informed of case progress and direction.
- Coordinates with Victim/Witness staff to arrange for the timely appearance of witnesses.
- Conducts legal research and drafts memoranda and legal briefs in connection with assigned cases and for other attorneys, as required.
- Communicates regularly with state and local agencies.
- Carry out any or all duties of Deputy Prosecutor as directed and assigned by the Prosecuting Attorney.
- Perform any or all other tasks as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of legal and constitutional principles and their application.
- Knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of legal research and investigations, criminal law and procedures in Washington and current issues in the field of criminal law.
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
- Knowledge of District Court policies and procedures, including local court rules.
- Ability to exercise discretion, as supervised by the Prosecuting Attorney, as to when criminal charges should be filed, what charges are to be filed and the appropriate sentencing recommendation to make to the court.
- Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems; present law, facts, evidence, and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form without significant supervision.
- Ability to work harmoniously with law enforcement and court personnel and maintain good public relations.
- Sufficient knowledge and ability to advise law enforcement agencies during investigation, prepares search warrants, prepares and files Information or Criminal Complaints, prepares and files petitions for the revocation of probation and obtains arrest warrants.
- Ability to advise all victims and witnesses of their rights and ensure that they are treated fully and fairly within the criminal justice system.
- Ability to assist the Prosecuting Attorney and the other deputies in the office, as needed, and can become involved in any of the functions of the prosecuting attorney’s office. The deputy prosecutor may be assigned, based on qualifications and experience, to any divisions within the office, at the discretion of the Prosecuting Attorney.
- Ability to plan and organize multiple tasks and responsibilities.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work well and communicate with co-workers, other county departments, other governmental agencies, and the public.
- Fully comply with the ethical rules and guidelines for attorneys as established by the Washington State Supreme Court.
- Project a professional image.
- Attend and successfully complete training as directed by the Prosecuting Attorney and engage in regular review to maintain a current knowledge of applicable case law and legislative enactments.
- Learn to use and proficiently operate office and courtroom technology such as computers, copiers, camera projectors, scanners and various computer software programs and applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and electronic document management systems; ability to learn and use new software programs as necessary.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Juris Doctorate’s Degree is required.
- Must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, remain active with Washington State Bar annual requirements and maintain a clear criminal record.
- Prior criminal trial experience is highly preferred.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Must be 18 years or older.
Maintain a valid driver’s license.
Successfully pass driving record check.
Must be a United States citizen.
Must pass a criminal history background check.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Work is performed in an office setting and in court rooms. There is daily use of computers and frequent dealings with other Offices and Departments. Position’s duties are performed with frequent interruptions and deadlines. Position may be required to attend professional conferences and meetings outside of the office setting. The workday is Monday through Friday 8am – 4:30pm. Travel within the County is possible. The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, write, hear, speak, and lift up to 50 lbs. of unequal weight. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and distance vision, peripheral, depth perception. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department (no telecommuting).