Assistant Prosecuting Attorney – Ottawa County

Ottawa County

Title:  ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY I       Employee Group: unclassified

DEPARTMENT:  Prosecutor’s Office                    Grade:  14                                                                                              

JOB SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Chief Assistant and the Prosecuting Attorney, performs a variety of functions as an entry-level Assistant Prosecutor in a learning capacity and, with increasing experience and competence, works as a developing or intermediate-level assistant prosecutor.  Beginning emphasis on general district, juvenile and family court trial work, warrant review and legal research.  As trial skills develop, may be assigned an additional limited felony caseload. 

SALARY: $74,375.86 – $110,711.90

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Initially under the supervision of the senior attorneys, Chief Assistant and the Prosecuting Attorney, reviews adult warrant and juvenile petition requests alleging violations of state law and local ordinances.  Reviews facts and evidence presented by law enforcement agencies to determine whether criminal charges should be authorized and determine the appropriate charges.  Prepares arrest warrants and other necessary legal documents in connection with such charges.
  2. Researches legal matters as assigned by senior attorney staff.
  3. Prepares legal briefs, responds to motions, and presents arguments in district court.
  4. Prepares and prosecutes criminal and civil cases in the district court.
  5. Assists with the research and argument of appellate cases.
  6. May be assigned to handle a variety of juvenile/family court matters including juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, guardianship, and mental commitment proceedings.
  7. As legal and trial skills develop, conducts preliminary examinations in felony cases and handles a limited felony caseload.
  8. May be assigned to on-call duties.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Working knowledge of criminal and constitutional law.
  2. Working knowledge of family law, civil procedure and legal method.
  3. Working knowledge of legal writing and legal research methods and resources.
  4. Working knowledge of administrative law and municipal law.
  5. Working knowledge of the Constitution of the State of Michigan.
  6. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of legal brief preparation.
  7. Working knowledge of the Michigan Court Rules and State Court Administrative office rules and requirements, with an emphasis on criminal court rules and procedures.
  8. Excellent written communication skills.
  9. Excellent oral argument skills.
  10. Well-developed negotiating skills.
  11. Working knowledge of the American Bar Association canon of ethics and standards of professional practice.
  12. Excellent interpersonal and human relations skills with a strong work ethic.
  13. Ability to interact positively and professionally with County, state and local unit officials, executives and administrators, employees, community and business representatives, and members of the general public with widely divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and varying levels of communication skills and analytical knowledge and sophistication.


Graduation from an accredited law school with some prosecutorial experience or related legal experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. 

licenses and certifications:

Admission to the practice of law in the State of Michigan.


Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to, visual and/or audiological appliances and devices to increase mobility.


Majority of work is performed in courtrooms and normal office environments.

Requires regular travel throughout the county.

Direct contact and exposure to individuals charged with and/or convicted of a variety of criminal charges.