Chief Deputy DA

Prineville, OR

Job Title:             Chief Deputy DA                                                                               

Department:        Crook County District Attorney

Reports To: District Attorney

Salary Grade:      90,677 - 97,656 stats

All applications must be submitted through the link provided

I.      Job Purpose:

            Under the supervision of the District Attorney, the Chief Deputy District Attorney prosecutes major felony cases in Crook County.  This position reviews cases for merit and decides whether to take cases before the Grand Jury, to trial or to plea bargain.  The Chief Deputy District Attorney appears in court for arraignments, pre-trial conferences, plea proceedings, settlement conferences, motion hearings, bench and jury trials and sentencing hearings.  In addition, this position does research and investigation to prepare for trials.  This position supervises and trains the Deputy District Attorneys positions on a daily basis and provides consultation on difficult or unusual cases and may supervise the entire staff in the absence of the District Attorney.  This position also provides consultation and legal advice to law enforcement and other elected and appointed officials.

            •           Number of Employees Reporting to This Position:     3-4

II.        Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:


  • Supervise Deputy District Attorneys (3-4).  Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the County’s policies and procedures. 
  • Provide supervision to Deputy District Attorneys including assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; effectively recommending or initiating promotions, transfers, new hires and terminations; and helping the District Attorney resolve employee grievances.
  • Provides assistance and advice to Deputy District Attorneys regarding complex legal issues in pending cases. Advise Deputies as to charging decisions, negotiations, offers and trial strategy in complex cases.
  • Provides legal advice to law enforcement during working hours and when on-call, including responding to the scenes of unattended deaths, homicides and other crimes.
  • Develop and implement forms and procedures to improve and expedite routine tasks of attorneys.
  • Prepares and preforms orientation to the Grand Jury members.
  • Participate in trainings of law enforcement personnel, provide support and information about courtroom strategies, answer questions posed by law enforcement on arrests and investigations.
  • Attend meetings, advise, cooperate and work with other criminal justice and social agencies.  Represent the District Attorney at these functions.
  • Participates in crime scene investigations when called out by law enforcement; reviews crime scene and advises on seizure of evidence; assists investigators with search warrant affidavits.
  • Discuss criminal procedures with law enforcement agents designed to improve procedures for arrests, searches, seizures, etc.  Coordinate work activities with other departmental personnel.  Perform death investigations to ensure that evidence is properly gathered in cases that might involve criminal activity.
  • Conduct legal research necessary for case preparation to answer questions of County officials and broaden legal background.  Keep abreast of court decisions and legislation affecting criminal laws.  Review federal case law and legislative and administrative changes.
  • Perform intake procedures which includes reviewing incoming police reports and determining which charges, if any, will be filed and against whom.
  • Present evidence and argument at arraignments, release hearings, hearings on motions, trials, grand jury proceedings and mental commitment hearings.
  • Litigates criminal cases, particularly major felony cases; examines prospective trial jurors to select an impartial jury; examines and cross-examines witnesses; argues objections and mid-trial motions; presents closing arguments; litigates pre-trial motions and prepares trial strategy to prosecute criminal cases; analyzes admissibility and determines presentation of witnesses and evidence; subpoenas and prepares witnesses for testifying; prepares legal briefs and oral arguments.
  • Prepares motions, orders, memoranda, diversion agreements and search/arrest warrants with supporting affidavits.
  • Negotiates potential case resolutions with defense counsel/defendants as appropriate, in accordance with facts, laws and office policies.
  • Prepares witnesses and trial notes. Researches legal issues and confers with citizen witnesses and law enforcement agencies.
  • Analyzes facts and legality of felony criminal investigations; determines whether investigations are complete and sufficient to be presented to the Grand Jury for a charging decision; pursues formal indictment process; analyzes police reports, evidence and search warrant affidavits; reviews legal issues and requests further investigation; subpoenas witnesses to testify; provides legal instructions to jury members.
  • Seeks indictments through presenting cases to the grand jury and conducts court arraignment appearances; presents cases to the judge and recommends bail amounts; makes pretrial release recommendations; negotiates case resolution with defense counsel; conducts plea appearances and sentencings.
  • Formulates and recommends appropriate sentences based on criminal conviction; evaluates pre-sentence investigation reports; presents evidence and witnesses to support sentencing recommendations.
  • Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.  Comply with all office policies and procedures.
  • Advises and counsels the District Attorney regarding complex litigation, personnel issues, office policies and administration of the office.
  • The Chief Deputy District Attorney is the acting District Attorney when the District Attorney is out of the office.

III.      Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of criminal laws and the practices and procedures of criminal prosecution.
  • Considerable knowledge of courtroom and trial procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of personal computers and general business software.
  • Knowledge and ability in Oregon Criminal Code.
  • Knowledge and ability in legal code, management of cases and staff.
  • Knowledge and ability to train and encourage others in the practices and procedures of the department.
  • Ability to analyze facts, evidence and precedents and to arrive at logical conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in written and verbal form.
  • Ability to appear effectively before a trial court.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and policies.
  • Ability to effectively supervise personnel.
  • Ability to maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with employees, other agencies, County officials and the general public.
  • Skilled in courtroom presentation of cases.
  • Must be able to work with angry, hostile or upset victims and their families.
  • Must be able to make effective decisions under stress.

IV.      Qualifications: 

  • Education – Law Degree from an accredited law school.
  • Must be a member in good standings with the Oregon State Bar.
  • Experience – Ten years of increasingly responsible legal experience. 
  • Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates the knowledge and abilities to perform the above described duties.
  • Must complete 45 hours of continuing law education every three years.
  • Equipment used – personal computer and related software, printers, photocopier, facsimile, multi-line phone, scanner and county vehicle.
  • Current driver’s license.
  • Prior to or on date of hire:
    • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
    • Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test (not required for all positions).
    • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions).

V.        Position Details:

  • The duties outlined in this job description are not all inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required. 
  • Work location is 300 NE Third St.
  • Fair Labor Standards Classification: Exempt
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer
  • This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause. stats

All applications must be submitted through the link provided