Deputy Attorney General II-V - Civil Division/Public Safety Unit

Kent, Sussex or New Castle Cty-Dept of Safety & Homeland Security

Recruitment #082823-MUAF25-150100


Delaware's Attorney General, the State's chief law enforcement officer, has a broad responsibility to combat crime, uphold civil rights, safeguard families, fight fraud, and protect consumers in the First State. In meeting this mission, Attorney General Kathy Jennings is supported by teams of talented lawyers and staff in the Criminal, Civil, Family, Fraud and Consumer Protection, and Civil Rights & Public Trust Divisions. Each of the more than 500 staff who work in the Office of the Attorney General are dedicated to serving all Delawareans with integrity and passion. Deputy Attorneys General, with critical support from criminal special investigators, victim service specialists, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff, prosecute criminal cases, enforce consumer laws, provide counsel to state agencies, ensure the public's access to open government, protect the abused, and much more.

Summary Statement

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Civil Division, Public Safety Unit (“PSU”), seeks a Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”) to provide legal advice to the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (“DATE”), a division of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (“DSHS”).  

Career Ladder

The Deputy Attorney General (DAG) career steps and salaries are based on experience, skills and the number of years barred.


Pay Grade A14 DAG II  Salary Range $86,100/min  $90,300/max 
Pay Grade A16 DAG III  Salary Range $95,095/min  $99,360/max
Pay Grade A18 DAG IV  Salary Range $104,535/min  $109,710/max 
Pay Grade A20 DAG V  Salary Range $115,920/min  $120,510/max 

Essential Functions

The Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (“DATE”) is responsible for the enforcement of the alcohol and marijuana laws of Title 4, and youth access to tobacco laws in §§ 1115 through 1127 of Title 11.  The DAG will serve as general counsel to DATE and as a subject matter expert on Title 4 and the Administrative Rules of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner and the Delaware Marijuana Commissioner.  The DAG will assist DATE with prosecutions of civil violations of the Liquor Control Act and the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, including to review and draft responses and motions, and will assist DATE by reviewing and drafting legislation, policies, procedures, MOUs and contracts related to the regulation and enforcement of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana in the State of Delaware.

The DAG will also have other duties related to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (“DSHS”) and the PSU, including acting as board counsel to the Delaware Marijuana Control Act Oversight Committee, assisting with Delaware State Police trial boards, and handling additional assignments as directed by the State Solicitor, Deputy State Solicitor, Unit Head, or Assistant Unit Head.  Membership in Delaware Bar is required.

The most qualified candidates have some prior general counsel and criminal law experience; however, such expertise and experiences are not required for selection. The DAG should be able to take a proactive approach to assisting its agency clients, therefore a successful candidate should have the ability to work with State agencies to identify potential issues and assist State agencies to address such issues to minimize or avoid future legal action.  

The DAG should be able to work independently, meet deadlines, communicate clearly with client agencies, and should have demonstrated legal ability and a thorough knowledge of relevant laws and court rules.

Job Requirements

  1. State of Delaware Bar admission date

Additional Posting Information

  • The applicant must have a willingness to travel statewide to meet departmental needs and meeting schedules.
  • This position is open to all 3 counties: Kent, Sussex and NCC
  • This posting may close on or before 11/21/2024 upon filling the vacant position.

Conditions of Hire

  • Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. 
  • Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of hire.


  • May be eligible Loan forgiveness (State and Federal)
  • State of Delaware healthcare plan
  • State of Delaware pension plan
  • Over 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 3 weeks of paid sick leave per year
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Stipend and overtime pay opportunities

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Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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