Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Monroe County

Position Effective Date: Immediate

Application Deadline: Until filled

Location: Monroe, Michigan 

Open Position: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I/II

Agency Profile:

The Monroe County Office of Prosecuting Attorney is a medium-sized office located in the southeast corner of Michigan, between Lucas County (Toledo), Ohio and the Detroit metropolitan area. We enjoy a healthy working relationship with our law enforcement partners, the defense bar, the courts, and the media, and we have strong support from the community in general. The mission of the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to promote the ends of justice by effectively and efficiently prosecuting violations of the law, helping to maintain community security, and advancing a fair and reasoned administration of the law – all while safeguarding the rights of victims and the accused, and maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards.

Job Summary:

This Assistant Prosecuting Attorney will join a team of 12 other attorneys and 12 staff members pursuing the mission of the Office and operating under the supervision of the Prosecuting Attorney. The starting assignment will depend, in large part, upon the abilities and level of experience of the successful candidate. Initial essential responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Reviewing police reports and making charging decisions in misdemeanor and juvenile cases.
  • Interviewing complainants, victims of crime, witnesses and police officers in preparation for court hearings.
  • Prosecuting misdemeanor cases in District Court and juvenile delinquency and mental commitment cases in Probate Court (all of which necessarily involve conducting trials and all other court proceedings),
  • Conducting research; writing motions, replies and briefs in all trial courts; researching and writing briefs and replies in appellate courts, and
  • Consulting with various police agencies operating within Monroe County; reviewing search warrants; performing 'on-call' duties.

Employment Qualifications:

Education and Licenses. Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Michigan. Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license. Prefer completion of specialized training courses related to the duties and responsibilities of a prosecutor.

Skills, Knowledge and Ability. Some criminal law experience – especially county, state, and/or federal prosecution experience – and trial work are preferred but not necessary. Should have a strong interest in and passion for prosecution, public safety, and justice. Must be professional in appearance, demeanor and thought – on and off the job – being mindful of the higher standards expected of chief law enforcement officers. Must possess appropriately strong written and oral advocacy skills, a working knowledge of the Michigan Rules of Evidence and the fundamentals of conducting a trial, the ability to conduct computer-based research, and an eagerness for learning. Must be willing to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Must be diligent, timely, organized and able to effectively, appropriately and respectfully interact with an array of cohorts including victims, law enforcement personnel, pre-trial/probation officers, judges, colleagues, staff members and the public. 

Good Moral Character. Possess a good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation covering school and employment history, criminal history, personal traits and integrity. 

Drug Testing. Applicants will be screened for the use of illegal controlled substances. This testing will be completed after the conditional offer of employment. 

Physical Demands. Duties require mobility (to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer), vision (to read printed materials and a computer monitor) and hearing and speech (sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone). These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations. Occasional overnight travel for training may be required.

$49,214 to $64,640, with annual step increases

How to Apply:

Monroe County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Submit a cover letter, resume, 3-5 pages of a writing sample and six references with contact information.