Yakima County Human Resources

  • 400-12 Investigator - Assigned Counsel

    Working Title
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Department of Assigned Counsel
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $4,444.00 per month
  • Overview

    This position is responsible for conducting investigations in criminal cases preparatory to trial or other resolutions for the Department of Assigned Counsel.


    This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


    Reviews and evaluates incoming requests for investigation by staff and contract attorneys to ensure no conflict exists for in-house investigation; assigns cases to contract investigators and ensures that the outgoing product is timely and professional. Reviews and evaluates results with attorneys to ensure investigations are being handled properly.


    Participates in the development of theories of defense with staff attorneys. Discusses and analyzes criminal cased with attorneys to assist in developing and refining defense which includes critical review and analysis of law enforcement and other agency documents in order to determine avenues of investigation.


    Develops information for Other duties required by defense counsel in case preparation by: conducting interviews, reviewing and analyzing discovery of materials, examining evidence and crime scenes and other methods of detection. Prepares investigation reports for attorney use in criminal court.

    Locates witnesses who have moved or relocated, serves subpoenas, and prepares affidavits of service to further assist in the preparation of cases.

    Coordinates the scheduling of interviews with attorneys, victims, and witnesses, prioritizes the investigation and interviews witnesses, victims and suspects.

    Testifies in court and coordinates witnesses and evidence for court presentation.

    Participates in making staffing decisions by analyzing caseloads and reporting results to the Director of Assigned Counsel.

    Works with the Director of Assigned Counsel in developing investigative policies and procedures that will meet the needs of attorneys and clients and that ensure the investigative product of staff is effective and professional. Assists the Director in the development of departmental policies and procedures with respect to the management of investigations and investigative relationships with other agencies.

    Other duties required.


    Education and Experience:

    Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement and 3 years of investigation/law enforcement experience; OR


    The equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


    Required Knowledge:

    • Methods of criminal investigation and crime detection; 
    • Local government organizations and functions;
    • Practices and methods employed in crime detection and criminal investigations;
    • Laws and ordinances of the State and County relating to law enforcement arrests;
    • Rules of evidence and forensics;
    • Functions of the judiciary and corrections field; and
    • Customer service techniques

    Skills (and abilities):

    • Extensive interviewing skills;
    • Ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds;
    • Using computers and related software applications;
    • Using equipment such as cameras, tape recorders, calculators, cellular telephones, and video cameras;
    • Using office equipment such as telephones, typewriter and fax machines;
    • Writing and analyzing reports;
    • Performing professional investigations including collecting, compiling, organizing and evaluating information;
    • Solving problems;
    • Managing time and prioritizing projects; 
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and 
    • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. 


    Equipment Used: Tape recorder/transcribers (for transcription), computer and related software/applications; printer, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, calculator/10-key, other general office equipment and passenger vehicle.


    Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  Positions in this class typically require handling, sitting, hearing, talking, and visual activity. Rated as light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.




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