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Recruitment #21-RH9-01



THE JOB: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and participates in the activities of one or more investigation units in the Criminal Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office engaged in conducting investigations of criminal and/or civil law matters; conducts the more complex or sensitive investigations; acts as a lead worker to District Attorney Inspectors I/II; and does other work as required. *Effective July 11, 2020, this position will be furloughed by 7.5%.

Distinguishing Characteristics

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three years of experience in criminal investigations with a governmental law enforcement agency.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License/Certificate Requirement: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License. Possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate and completion of specific P.O.S.T. requirements for investigators prior to date of hire, or possess qualifying out-of-state or Federal experience and obtain a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate and completion of specific P.O.S.T. requirements for investigators within 18 months of hire.
Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.
Special Working Conditions: Possibility of exposure to: bodily injury; heights, such as roofs of buildings; areas containing free silica or asbestos dust; toxic fumes; offensive odors; explosives, electrical hazards; infections which may cause chronic diseases or death; hostile and/or combative persons.

Other Special Requirements: Available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and on an emergency as-needed basis.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques and procedures used in crime detection, criminal investigations and preservation of evidence; sources of information used in locating persons; the laws of arrest, search and seizure, service of legal process, and the legal rights of citizens and the rules of evidence and court procedures. Working knowledge of the Penal Code and penal provisions of the Health and Safety Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, Business and Professions Code, and other State and Federal case law and codes applicable to criminal and civil investigations. Some knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement management, and the principles and practices of supervision and training.

Ability to: Effectively plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; conduct complex and highly sensitive investigations; train subordinate staff; review and evaluate complex investigative reports, statements, and complaints to determine appropriate action; establish and maintain effective working relationships; think and act quickly in emergencies and adopt effective, appropriate courses of action; care for and use firearms; analyze facts and data and draw sound conclusions; communicate effectively in oral and written form; lift 50 pounds from floor level, such as boxes containing evidence; walk on uneven ground to search for evidence; restrain combative persons, and assist in the removal of corpses.



VACATION - 14 days first year, increasing to 29 days after 15 years service. Available after 1-year of service.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

SICK LEAVE - 12 days per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents. 

DENTAL PLAN - County paid employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage. 

RETIREMENT -1959 Survivor’s Benefit plus pension formula 2% at age 50 or 2.7% at age 57 as  determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA).  Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County pays a portion of retirement contribution.

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employees may purchase additional life insurance.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this “pre-tax program”.

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

LONG TERM DISABILITY- Employee paid voluntary plan. Plan pays up to 85% of wages for
non-industrial disability; 70% of wages for industrial disability.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

OTHER - County pays premium for certain requirements and assignments, including: POST Intermediate Certificate: 3.5%; POST Advanced Certificate: 5%.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.


HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at www.santacruzcountyjobs.com or mail/bring an application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before 5:00 p.m. of the final filing date.


Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.


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