Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Shiawassee County

Salary range: $72,217 to $88,337   

To Apply: Mailed resumes and cover letters should be sent to Prosecutor Scott Koerner at 201 North Shiawassee Street, Second Floor, Corunna, Michigan 48817 or e-mailed to SCPA@Shiawassee.net.

General Summary

Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, directs the activities of assistant prosecuting attorneys and support staff and assists the Prosecuting Attorney in the administrative functions of the office.  Reviews and authorizes requests for warrants, determines the appropriate charge and prosecutes criminal cases. Regularly presents criminal cases in the district, probate, and circuit courts. Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases or tries case in court.  Coordinates technical services and criminal justice information services on behalf of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Essential Functions

  1. Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, supervises legal and support staff, including interviewing applicants for employment, supervising training of staff, assigning work, and coordinating employee workloads.
  2. Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, supervises warrant authorization process, including the reviewing of criminal warrant requests from State and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police reports, collects input from the law enforcement officer(s), researches the law as necessary to determine applicable statutes, and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a warrant.
  3. Reviews and authorizes criminal warrant requests from State and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police reports, collects input from law enforcement officer(s), researches law as necessary to determine applicable statutes, and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a warrant.
  4. Assists professional and support staff with inquiries related to operational and procedural matters.
  5. Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, oversees legal staff engaged in researching and preparing criminal cases for trial, motion, sentencings, and other proceedings, including the research of applicable law, interviewing witnesses, and investigating claims, developing trial strategies, and directing law enforcement officers in further investigations.
  6. Researches and prepares criminal cases for trial motion, sentencings 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.
  7. Assists professional staff in analysis of specific cases, advises on case development, and serves as mentor on legal matters.
  8. Assists the Prosecuting Attorney in development of policies and procedures for the operations of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
  9. Establishes the minimum technical service standards on behalf of the Prosecuting Attorney; coordinates with technical services to ensure these standards are implemented and met.
  10. Coordinates with technical services to ensure criminal justice information standards are met. Ensures, on behalf of the Prosecuting Attorney, that minimum criminal justice information standards are adhered to by prosecutor’s staff.
  11. Appears in court for 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Drafts motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  15. Represents the Prosecutor in Probate Court matters including abuse, neglect, delinquency, and mental commitment cases. Includes review of juvenile petitions, case research, investigation, and presentation in court.
  16. Reviews requests for search warrants and authorizes warrants as appropriate.
  17. Responds to citizen questions and complaints.
  18. Responds to legal inquiries from various law enforcement agencies. May prepare and conduct training programs for law enforcement personnel.
  19. Assists the Prosecutor in researching and rendering opinions on legal issues involving the County and advises county agencies and department heads on legal issues. Represents the County on zoning appeals and other civil matters.
  20. Assists in the preparation and presentation of appeals of cases from the district and probate courts.
  21. Serves in an on-call capacity on a rotating basis to receive calls from police officers and prepare search warrants or charging documents for persons arrested for felonies.

This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed.  Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or modified at any time.

Employment Qualifications

Education: Law degree from an accredited law school.

Experience: Significant criminal law experience.  Prefer some experience in abuse and neglect law.

Other Requirements: Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan; working knowledge of criminal justice information systems regulations; working knowledge of technical service standards

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained 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 courtrooms within the County.

Ability to remove books and other reference materials from bookshelves and transport to worksite.

Prolonged sitting and standing while in the courtroom.

Ability to carry briefcase, files, technology, and/or legal volumes to courtrooms.

Ability to access filing system.

Ability to enter and retrieve information from computer systems.

Ability to generate various documents from computer systems.

Working Conditions

Works in office setting, courtrooms, the county jail, police agency sites, and other offsite locations.

Routine exposure to individuals who have been charged and/or convicted of a variety of criminal offenses, including sex offenses and assaultive crimes.

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