Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- St. Joseph County


Under the supervision of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, reviews and authorizes requests for felony and misdemeanor warrants, determines the appropriate charge and prosecutes criminal cases.  Regularly presents cases in the courts and may assist with other matters as assigned.   Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases or tries case in court.  Prepares and tries misdemeanors at jury and bench trials.  Less frequently, prepares and tries criminal felony matters in Circuit Court.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews criminal warrant requests from state and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police reports, collects input from the law enforcement officers, researches the law as necessary to determine applicable statutes, and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a warrant.
  • Researches and prepares criminal cases for trial, motion, sentencing and other proceedings. Includes the research of applicable law, interviewing witnesses and investigating claims, developing trial strategies, and directing law enforcement officers in further investigations.
  • Appears in court for hearings, arraignments, motions, trials, sentencing and other proceedings to represent the Prosecutor.  Selects jury, presents arguments, examines and cross-examines witnesses, introduces physical exhibits, confers with judge and defense counsel on points of law and procedure, and argues factual conclusions to a judge or jury.
  • Works cooperatively with law enforcement officers from various agencies to ensure investigation and reporting of assigned cases are accomplished in accordance with professional and judicial rules and standards.  Provides advice and instruction to police agencies.
  • Attempts to resolve and dispose of pending criminal cases by conferring with attorneys and parties involved in order to reach agreement on pleas and potential sentences, all in the interest of justice.
  • Drafts motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  • Reviews requests for search warrants and authorizes warrants as appropriate.
  • Conducts pre-trial meetings with unrepresented defendants.
  • Serves in an on-call status to respond to request for arrest and search warrants.  Includes responding to police requests for search warrants for blood from suspected drunk drivers.
  • Attends meetings of various task forces and boards as directed.
  • Prepares show cause orders and represents petitioners on Personal Protection Order violations.
  • Attends trainings to remain up-to-date on the law.
  • Performs other duties as required.

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the above tasks.  (These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employees may be expected to perform.)

Employment Qualifications:

Education: Law degree from an accredited law school

Experience: Prefer some criminal and/or civil law experience

Other Requirements: Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications

A Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description.  The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.

Physical Requirements:  (This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.  These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements):

Ability to access all county locations.

Ability to use a keyboard to enter and retrieve information from a computer.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Ability to withstand prolonged periods of sitting in front of a computer monitor or in a courtroom.

Working Conditions: Works in an office setting but is also required to travel to court and other locations. Must be available on a 24-hour basis.  

Financial Information: $49,790.56 to $64,728.04 plus benefits package

Application Process: Please submit letter of interest, resume and references via email to:

Catherine Rigby

Office Manager / Administrative Assistant

Positon open until filled

St. Joseph County is an equal opportunity / ADA employer