Placer County

Investigator - Chief District Attorney (#13831)

$55.64-$69.48 Hourly / $9,644.27-$12,043.20 Monthly / $115,731.20-$144,518.40 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of the investigation division within the District Attorney’s office including witness notification, victim/witness, SART, administration, and investigations; to coordinate investigation division activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney.


The Manager level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Assistant District Attorney.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop and implement investigation division goals, objectives, policies and procedures; assist in implementing department goals and objectives.
  • Plan, organize and direct day-to-day investigation division activities including witness notification, victim/witness, SART, administration, and investigations; assist in the development of comprehensive systems and procedural manuals in an automated environment.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the investigation division's  work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the investigation division budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures; recommend employee terminations.
  • Serve as liaison between investigations and the District Attorney’s office; provide highly technical assistance to the Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney.
  • Discretely investigate complex and sensitive administrative and criminal cases involving the District Attorney’s office and law enforcement employees as well as elected or appointed public officials.
  • Respond to and assist in investigations of officer involved shooting, in-custody deaths, or other extraordinary events where assistance from the District Attorney’s office is requested; provide coordination, support, and advise for on-call deputy district attorneys.
  • Provide investigative services or instructions to the grand jury as required.
  • Consult with the District Attorney and other attorneys concerning evidentiary matters and evaluation of witness testimony.
  • Confer with Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies in regard to prosecution or investigative matters assigned to the Department; review and evaluate reports submitted by law enforcement agencies for criminal complaints.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; assist in the preparation of State and Federal required reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in criminal investigation operations, two of which must be in a District Attorney’s Office and two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, business or public administration, or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of a current and valid Supervisory and an Advanced certificate issued by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.).  Completion of the California P.O.S.T. Middle Management Course within 12 months after appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of criminal and civil investigations administration.
  • Statutes and laws pertaining to a District Attorney’s operations, criminal justice system, and court operations.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws as related to investigations.
  • Principles and practices of criminal, civil and family support law and criminal investigative procedures with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Equipment, tools and materials used in criminal investigation.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to the search, seizure and preservation of evidence.
  • Statistical methods and report writing.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct the investigations division and operations.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division cost recommendations; interpret and apply personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.
  • Perform the most complex work of the investigations division.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply County and District Attorney policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 13831; EST: 9/1/1997; REV: 1/9/2012;