District Attorney Investigator III

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Legal Services
  • Salary: $8,308.73 - $11,320.75 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description
 Exam #: 19/34A22/11JL
Application Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled
Priority Screening Date: December 15, 2019

The Office of the District Attorney represents the People of the State of California in all criminal and civil prosecutions in the County of Monterey. The objective of the Office is to seek justice, and to ensure criminal laws are fully and fairly enforced.

The Office is authorized to both investigate and prosecute criminal and civil crimes. The Bureau of Investigation conducts independent investigations at the direction of the District Attorney and provides investigation and trial support for the prosecutorial functions of the Office. The Bureau of Investigations is offering excellent career opportunities for qualified, experienced individuals interested in furthering their law enforcement careers as a District Attorney Investigator III. Under direction, this position performs a full range of skilled criminal and civil investigative work required to support the efforts of prosecuting attorneys in the Office.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Examples of Duties
  • Conducts difficult and sensitive criminal and civil investigations in support of prosecuting attorneys.
  • Conducts or leads independent investigations for other county agencies and departments, including public corruption matters and grand jury investigations.
  • Reviews and evaluates initial criminal and investigative reports; refers complaints to prosecuting attorney for filing.
  • Locates and interviews witnesses and others with information pertinent to a case for the purpose of taking statements and depositions.
  • Inspects crime scenes and determines what evidence can be taken and used; assembles and prepares evidence for presentation in court.
  • Writes detailed reports of investigations.
  • Confers with attorneys and others regarding possible resolution of cases and makes recommendations to prosecuting attorneys regarding the disposition of cases.
  • Appears in court to provide testimony.
To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:

Will have a proven combination of experience, education, and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:
  • The principles, methods and techniques used in civil, criminal, and administrative investigative work.
  • Criminal law as it pertains to investigative work.
  • The methods used in gathering, preserving and presenting evidence in court.
  • The laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Some Knowledge of:
  • Enforcement and investigative procedures used by law enforcement agencies.

Skills and Abilities to:
  • Read, understand, and correctly interpret court orders, official documents and other documents used in a broad range of investigative and trial work.
  • Gather, analyze and evaluate complex facts and evidence.
  • Obtain information and evidence through interview, interrogation and observation.
  • Draw logical conclusions and make recommendations for an effective course of action.
  • Write detailed investigative reports, correspondence and memoranda.
  • Exercise sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion under difficult circumstances.
  • Recognize political and community implications of decisions and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted through the course of work.
  • Train, plan, prioritize, assign and review the work of others.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are highly desirable.


Examples of Experience/Education/Training Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:
  • Approximately two years of experience performing duties equivalent to those of a District Attorney Investigator II in Monterey County.

Additional Information
Required Conditions of Employment: 
As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:
  • Possess a valid Class "C" California driver's license by date of appointment.
  • Work flexible hours, shifts, weekends and holidays; occasionally travel out of the County and frequently travel throughout the County.
  • Possess Basic POST Certificate at time of appointment.
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, 1031 and Section 1005 of the Regulations of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and Penal Code Section 832:
  • Meet the California Government Codes 1029 and 1031 Peace Officer requirements, including passing a required psychological exam and medical exam as well as a background investigation.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate at the high school level.
  • Successfully complete a POST-certified Investigation and Trial Preparation Course within 12 months from the date of appointment if the incumbent has not already had the course.
  • Have no felony convictions.
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
  • Ability to meet the medical and physical standards under the California Peace Officer Standards and Training and California Government Code.
  • Ability to sit, stand, and/or drive for extended periods of time.
  • Mobility, flexibility, gross body coordination, and dexterity sufficient to stand, stoop, reach, bend, twist, and turn in order to view crime scenes and examine physical evidence.
  • Ability to pursue and physically detain hostile individuals.
  • Acute vision, visual color discrimination, hearing, voice, smell, and sense of touch in order to detect and examine crime scenes and all manner of physical objects, including items of evidence such as weapons, photographs, diagrams, fingerprint impression and trace evidence and to clearly see and identify people.
  • Ability to develop and maintain manual dexterity, visual acuity and physical strength necessary to demonstrate proficiency with a duty weapon and other equipment as issued.
  • Ability to speak clearly and with volume required to conduct interrogations and to carry on clear conversations in person, over the radio, and on the telephone.

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "Unit A - Deputy Sheriff-General & Supervisory Safety" Benefit Summary Sheet, please visit our website or click HERE . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract.

Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.
  Application and Selection Procedures
Apply On-Line!
Our website:  www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel
Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Human Resources Department
Attn: Michelle Gomez, Associate Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: GomezME@co.monterey.ca.us | Phone:(831) 755-5383
To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

All application materials must be received by the priority screen date of December 15, 2019, for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this priority screen date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the examination process.

Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5383.
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