County Of Mendocino

2020 Superior Court
Fort Bragg , CA
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District Attorney Investigator

County Of Mendocino
Fort Bragg, CA Full-time
Posted on January 31, 2020

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications


All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.

  • Conduct criminal and civil investigations, which includes interviewing witnesses, conducting surveillance, following up on potential leads, collecting and processing evidence, and preparing various court documents.
  • Interview defendants to obtain information concerning each case.
  • Visit crime scenes to ascertain and evaluate physical, material and environmental factors relevant to case investigations; investigates location of evidence; photographs crime scenes evidence and/or defendants.
  • Prepare and serve subpoenas for witnesses or information/documents; provides instructions and directions to witnesses.
  •  Conduct computer and other file searches to locate transient clients and witnesses.
  • Secure, review and analyze police reports, written statement, depositions and other pertinent case material; examine various records and documents to secure information concerning alleged crimes and civil wrongs.
  • Prepare comprehensive investigative and/or other reports.
  • Present investigation and evaluations to and consult with attorneys regarding case strategy in preparation for trials.
  • Prepare court presentations and other demonstrative aids such as diagrams of crime scenes, photo enlargements and composites and/or other presentations using computer software; operates audio-visual equipment during trials.
  • Manage witnesses by arranging for transportation, lodging, meals and protection if necessary.
  • Interpret and explain the provisions of law as they pertain to the conduct of investigations and the ensuing court process.
  • Testify in court as a case witness or an expert witness.
  • Prepare and serve arrest warrants; transport arrestees to appropriate location as needed.
  • Act as liaison between attorneys, witnesses, experts and various agencies; assist other agencies in major criminal investigations as needed.
  • Confer with law enforcement and/or other appropriate representatives.
  • Conduct polygraphs examinations on witnesses and suspects.
  • Perform specialized assignments such as California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System agency terminal coordinator, bomb technician or others.
  • Attend and/or conduct various internal and external meetings.
  • Compare latent prints and performs handwriting analysis for cases and for outside agencies as needed.
  • Organize and maintains records and files.
  • Recover and returns stolen property.
  • Maintain custody of evidence; requests laboratory work on evidence.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and/or new case law and statute amendments affecting investigative responsibilities.
  • Maintain and upgrade professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.


Education and Experience:

Associate's degree or equivalent from a two-year college in Criminal Justice or a related field; and,Four to five years of progressively responsible related experience; or, Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Basic POST Certificate
Valid Driver's License


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of:

  • Departmental procedures, rules, regulations and the limitations of departmental authority.
  • Practices and methods of criminal investigation and identification.
  • Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.

Skill in:

  • Using law enforcement techniques, to include interviewing and interrogation; collection and preservation of evidence; arrest control; and effective courtroom testimony.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Mental and Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to analyze situations and take quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups and respond to questions.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and speak and hear.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.


Selection Procedure


Important Application Information:
  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application.  A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application.  Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference "see résumé" will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address.  Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative.  Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan.  Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards.  Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process:  All complete applications will be reviewed with those judged most qualified progressing further in the selection process. Based on the number of qualified candidates, an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form, will be administered. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.
Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known.  You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request.
Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.
This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.
The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity Employer