The City of Chandler Law Department is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill the full-time position of ASSISTANT CITY PROSECUTOR II.
Classification Summary: The primary function of an employee in this class is to provide legal representation primarily involving misdemeanor criminal litigation including violations of City ordinances and Arizona Statutes. Assist the City Prosecutor in the prosecution of cases within the jurisdiction of the City, which includes all violations of the City Charter, ordinances, and Arizona statutes. Work also includes participation in research and administration of civil matters and consultation in code and rule development. The Assistant City Prosecutor I is distinguished from the Assistant City Prosecutor II by the more advanced level of trial work performed. The Prosecutor I's are given extensive orientation in criminal prosecution activities and the various components of the criminal justice system.
Essential Functions (list not exhaustive):
• Conducts pretrial conferences with defendants and defense counsel to discuss a case and negotiate an appropriate plea, discuss discovery and interview requests, meet with victims, and set a trial date;
• Responds to oral or written defense motions, appeals, and special actions after researching and analyzing the facts of the case, the statutes, case law, rules of evidence, and criminal procedures;
• Makes charging decisions following review and evaluation of police reports in light of applicable law;
• Communicates with victims, explaining their rights at all stages of the criminal proceedings, getting their input regarding the impact of the crime against them, restitution options, and sentencing recommendations;
• Conducts oral arguments at appellate court levels on appeals and special actions; conducts trials de novo in Superior Court; conducts Rule 11 proceedings to determine the competency of a defendant to stand trial;
• Assists the Assistant City Attorneys by appearing at Impound hearings and Interpleader actions when necessary;
• Instructs and advises other City departments on the law and proper procedures;
• Prosecutes cases in other jurisdictions that are classified as "conflict cases";
• Conducts community education to civic groups and students on mock trials and the law and criminal process;
• Trains police officers in methods for conducting detailed investigation and written documentation of the investigation; advises them on specific investigations and prepares them for trial;
• Prosecutes misdemeanor criminal cases;
• Appears without assistance against accused in a court of law and presents evidence before a judge or jury;
• Analyzes evidence in criminal cases;
• Interviews police officers, inspectors, or witnesses for the state to ascertain that evidence is complete and will be well presented;
• Confers with defense attorneys and/or victims and negotiates agreements when it is in the best interest of the state;
• Advises the Police Department on gathering and presentation of evidence, filing of charges, and other legal matters related to criminal cases;
• Researches and drafts memoranda and appeal briefs of matters appealed from Chandler City Court;
• Reviews adopted and proposed laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations and advises appropriate officials of action to be taken;
• Provides statistical data concerning disposition of cases; • Prepares legal opinions, memoranda, and data on various subjects as requested;
• Discusses case results with superiors to evaluate and improve performance for future trial work;
• Participates in ongoing legal education to remain up-to-date on criminal and civil law; • Analyzes, appraises, and organizes facts and precedents to present in a clear and logical form;
• Determines alternative courses of action, and possible courses of action of opponents; • Presents and argues cases to handle unanticipated problems smoothly and effectively;
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other City employees, supervisory personnel, state and local elected officials, and the public;
• Demonstrates integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
• Uses logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
• Graduation from a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate Degree; and
• Two (2) years as a criminal trial attorney which includes experience in legal research; and
• Membership in good standing in the Arizona State Bar Association; and • Prior experience in prosecutorial trial work in the State of Arizona is preferred.
The City of Chandler may conduct pre-employment background investigations; all offers of employment are contingent upon successful background screening results. The examination process may vary if determined necessary.
This position is a regular full-time position and is subject to a six (6) month probationary period. A register of qualified candidates will be active for four (4) months should another position become available.
The City of Chandler is committed to Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation.
Internal Number: 1900001
About City of Chandler
The City of Chandler, one of Arizona's first master-planned cities, is located in the southeast part of the Phoenix metro area and has a current population of approximately 260,000 with an estimated population of 299,000 at its planned build-out. Called the "Silicon Desert" because of its wide variety of high technology industries, the City has developed good relationships with the business community and Chamber of Commerce and has a very strong job base.