Deputy Prosecuting Attorney-District Court Division
County of Chelan Prosecuting Attorney 401 Washington Street, 5th Floor Wenatchee, WA 98801
This Deputy Prosecuting Attorney position represents the State of Washington in Chelan County
District Court under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, handling all aspects of the
prosecution of gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor criminal cases including hearings, trials,
and appeals. 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.
• 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.
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.
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 arraignments, pleas and
sentencings; coordinates with law enforcement agencies as required.
• Prepares and tries 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.
• 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, and state
• 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, prosecutor case management
system (Prosecutor by Karpel), and electronic document management systems; ability to
learn and use new software programs as necessary.
• Other duties as assigned.
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
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.
Resumes will be received until the position is filled. Applicants are responsible for supplying all information relative to their qualifications for the position. Submit cover letter and resume to:
Douglas J. Shae
Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney
P.O. Box 2596
Wenatchee, WA 98807