Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Criminal Division
Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 401 Washington Street Wenatchee, WA 98801
The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, represents the State of Washington in Chelan County courts in criminal cases including hearings, trials, and appeals. This position involves both litigation and courtroom presentation and office practice including advice, analysis and the drafting and review of documents. This is a full-time position, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays. This is a non-Union position.
Salary: $72,720 – $80,174 OR $80,174 -$88,392 annually (DOE)
- Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Washington Bar Association.
- Requires a full knowledge of criminal law and related Washington statutes.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Valid Washington State driver’s license.
- Must pass a criminal history background check.
Ability to proficiently read and write English. Ability to read and comprehend legal documents and instruments, correspondence, and memos. Ability to use good customer service and telephone skills in stressful situations. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics in and out of court.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepares cases for litigation. Works with law enforcement to assure thorough investigation of cases. Reviews reports for legal sufficiency and determines appropriate charges to be filed. Handles pretrial hearings such as preliminary appearances, omnibus hearings, bail hearings, suppression and confession hearings, pleas and sentencings; coordinates with law enforcement agencies as required.
- 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 law enforcement agencies, probation offices, District Court, Superior Court, and state toxicology laboratories.
- Ability to plan and organize multiple tasks and responsibilities. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to successfully perform responsible and complex work assignments using independent judgment and personal initiative without direct daily supervision. 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. Projects a professional image.
- Attend and successfully complete training as directed by the Prosecuting Attorney or Chief Deputy 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.
Other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This classification works in an office environment. Noise level is usually moderate. May be exposed to potentially anti-social behavior on occasion. May be stressful in striving to meet deadlines, staffing demands and response to public. Must be reliable and punctual in reporting for scheduled work; daily attendance is an essential function of the job.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work involves tasks that may require routine ergonomic practices, including computer keyboarding skills and writing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and see. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
In addition to a competitive starting salary range, Chelan County employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include medical and dental coverage, 12 holidays and initial vacation leave accrual of 12 days (plus anniversary bonuses), 12 days of sick leave, $150 monthly contribution to Voluntary Employee Benefit Account (VEBA), Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, and Deferred Compensation.
Position open until filled