Prosecutors Office

Recruitment #2009-0622-001


The City Prosecutor's Office is seeking an entry-level attorney to prosecute misdemeanor offenses in City Court.  The prosecutor performs all pre-trial, trial, and post-trial functions.

**** This is a One Year Grant Funded Position and/or A Full time Position  ****  

A grant funded employee may, subject to provisions provided for by Civil Service rules, be transferred, promoted or demoted into a non-grant funded position and become subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations governing other city employment. Permanent classified employees who have previously completed a probationary period in a non-grant funded position and are serving in a grant funded position are exempt from the requirements of this section.

General Description

Works in the Criminal Division of the City Attorney's office under supervision of more senior and experienced attorneys and prepares cases for all phases of misdemeanor prosecution.  Conducts both bench trials and jury trials. Identifies and analyzes legal issues associated with driving under the influence, domestic violence, and other misdemeanor charges.

Essential Functions

Orders evidence and prepares pretrial statements and plea offers. Maintains familiarity with civil or criminal procedures in City, state and federal courts.

Conducts legal research and analysis for cases and projects, and assists supervisor at state and federal court trials. In civil division assignments, identifies, analyzes and discusses legal issues associated with projects and cases. Assists in the integration of legal advice to the operational levels of City departments, the City Manager's office and the Mayor and Council.

In criminal division assignments, investigates and prosecutes misdemeanor cases. Supervises law student volunteers and engages in public outreach and educational opportunities within the community.

Identifies and analyzes legal issues associated with projects and programs of City wide importance by attending court, attending meetings with City executive staff, discussing issues and law with peers and supervisors, and presenting issues and analysis to supervisors for review and guidance.

Assists victims by phone and in person regarding pleas, case status, and court processes.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Juris Doctorate

Minimum Experience Qualifications: Under 1 year civil and/or criminal litigation

Special Job Requirements

Due to the Pandemic The City of Tucson will be instituting the Supreme Courts new “Limited Practice” rule that allows recent Juris Doctor graduates to practice in Court under the supervision of a Senior Attorney until they can take the Bar Examination.

Applicants who have sat for the Bar Exam, but have not yet received their Arizona State Bar License are eligible to be considered. Please submit the letter recommending admission from the Supreme Court of Arizona's Committee on Examinations and Character and Fitness at the time of your oral board interview.  

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. Eligible applicants will then be invited to participate in a phone screening. 

  • Phone Screen Interviews will be the week of October 26, 2020

Those who pass the phone screening will participate in the assessment process.  If invited to participate in the assessment process, you must present a legal writing sample at the time of your Oral Board interview.  This legal writing sample needs to have been composed within the last 2 years and may not be longer than 10 pages. The legal writing sample may include actual work done as a law clerk or as a lawyer, or it may be work done in law school.  

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of November 2, 2020

    A Juris Doctor Degree MUST be presented at the time of the oral board interviews to continue in this process.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 15% of your rating for Education and Work experience
  • 15% of your Legal Writing Sample
  • 70% of your Oral Board Interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the time of your interview.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.  


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.