CHIEF DEPUTY COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

Recruitment #20-138-2004

Introduction

The mission of the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is to pursue truth and justice by employing the highest ethical standards in preventing crime, protecting the innocent and prosecuting the guilty. The Office is also dedicated to ongoing training and skill development, as well as fostering the development of new technologies to fight crime and achieve justice. Specialized prosecution focuses exist for areas of great concern to the County including drugs, gangs, vulnerable victims, and white collar crime. In addition, our office leads and participates in specialty courts such as Drug Court and Mental Health Treatment Court. We will collaborate with community stakeholders towards establishing DUI Court, Restorative Justice Court, and Veterans' Treatment Court to improve the success rate of rehabilitation for criminal defendants in addition to reducing crime.

Job Description

Typical Responsibilities

Plans, organizes, directs, assigns and evaluates the work of attorneys engaged in prosecuting criminal cases in the General and Circuit Courts; assigns and rotates staff to assure that the difficulty and complexity of cases match the skill level of assigned attorney; sets objectives and performance standards; assures that staff is trained; prepares and monitors the office’s budget; prosecutes the most complex and sensitive cases; presents cases to the Grand Jury; coordinates prosecutions with the courts, law enforcement agencies, County Probation Department, and Attorney General's Office; interprets Attorney General's legal opinions; sets and implements policies and procedures for staff and law enforcement agencies; in complex cases approves recommendations of subordinate staff of when to prosecute, compromise, dismiss or retry; issues press releases; represents the Commonwealth Attorney at meetings and conferences as assigned; acts as a resource and internal consultant to staff, other County departments and local law enforcement agencies; prepares correspondence and reports; attends and/or conducts meetings and conferences; uses tact and discretion to establish and maintain effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and public at large; and, accurately maintain files, adequately documenting in writing all actions, providing sufficient justification to support recommendations.

The Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney serves under the direction and at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. As the Chief Deputy, he/she is expected to act for the Commonwealth Attorney as assigned; to assist the Commonwealth Attorney to conduct long range planning and set policies and procedures to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office; to serve as a senior member of the management team; to prosecute the most complex or sensitive cases; to manage and supervise all attorneys and administrative members of the team; and, to perform other duties as directed by the Commonwealth Attorney.

Job Requirements

Requires a Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school and a license to practice in Virginia; five (5) years of experience as a licensed practicing attorney in criminal law / prosecution and/or defense. Extensive jury trial experience preferred. Executive level management also preferred. Applicants must be members in good standing with the Virginia State Bar.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

The successful candidate will undergo a criminal background check, which includes a conviction history. The appointee serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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