Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Legal Investigator

Recruitment #220124-3241AR-001


The mission of the State of Connecticut, Office of State Ethics, is to encourage accountability and integrity throughout state government.  We do this by providing legal advice, guidance and education to public officials, state employees and lobbyists; by sensibly interpreting and, when necessary, fairly and impartially enforcing applicable laws; and by ensuring required disclosure through the administration of the lobbyist and financial filing systems.

We are recruiting for a Legal Investigator to work full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In addition to the examples of duties, the incumbent in this role will be responsible for: 

  • Coordinating and directing field investigations, often in conjunction with Federal criminal and civil authorities; 
  • Representing the Office of State Ethics while interacting with State agency Ethics Liaison and Compliance Officers for the purpose of gathering relevant agency records and interviewing agency witnesses; 
  • Interviewing complainants, witnesses, respondents and others;
  • Preparing subpoenas and coordinating subpoena service.
NOTE:  This position works under the general supervision of an Ethics Enforcement Officer or other employee of higher grade.”

We offer a comprehensive health and benefits package and encourage a great work-life balance.

Selection Plan

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.  

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.  Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date.  
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 

Should you have any questions about this recruitment please contact Charla Vincent,

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 


In the Office of the Attorney General, State Elections Enforcement Commission or Office of State Ethics, this class is accountable for conducting investigations and assisting in the preparation and presentation of criminal and civil actions.


In the Office of State Ethics, coordinates and conducts investigations for civil and some criminal matters; coordinates and directs field investigations, often in conjunction with other State criminal and civil authorities; interviews witnesses, complainants, respondents and others; subpoenas witnesses; gathers and secures evidence in the form of affidavits, statements, documents, records, exhibits, photographs, electronic data and other media; examines, audits and analyzes financial and other records related to complex business transactions and extensive statutory filings; prepares comprehensive reports for use in administrative and court proceedings; assists other State civil and criminal authorities in preparing State cases for trial; testifies at administrative and civil proceedings for the agency and at other hearings upon request of other civil and criminal authorities; prepares and conducts cases for civil adjudication before Judge Trial Referees and the Office of State Ethics, subject to the Connecticut Rules of Evidence; maintains liaison with Federal, State and local officials and members of the public and their attorneys; conducts legal research; maintains confidentiality of statutorily confidential records; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant state laws and regulations; considerable knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of rules of evidence and legal processes; knowledge of common business practices; knowledge of financial accounting; considerable interviewing skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable ability to gather and interpret statistical and narrative data; ability to utilize computer software.


Seven (7) years of investigatory experience in law enforcement, insurance claims, or a closely related field.
NOTE: Investigatory experience is defined as employment primarily involved with systematically reviewing and searching written data and material, conducting personal interviews and performing surveillance of persons or events to gather information necessary to discover, identify and prosecute civil or criminal violations of the law.


1. College training in law enforcement, public safety administration, business administration or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public safety administration, criminal justice or a closely related field or a Law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicles Operator’s license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.