Chief Deputy District Attorney

Description : **Recruitment is currently open for a January, 2023 start date**

Position Information-655242

Position Title:

Chief Deputy District Attorney



Working Title:


Salary Grade:

“T” - $7,585.63 - $8,168.89/month

Reports to:

District Attorney

FLSA Classification:

Exempt - Professional


District Attorney

Effective Date:


General Position Summary:
The Chief Deputy District Attorney (CDDA) serves at the pleasure of the elected District Attorney representing the State of Oregon upholding State and federal law in the prosecution of criminal, juvenile delinquency, and dependency proceedings, which includes the preparation and litigation of the full range of these cases including Murder and Aggravated Murder.  The CDDA’s primary caseload involves the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor sexual assault cases, domestic violence cases, juvenile cases, and child abuse cases. The CDDA is required to manage and prosecute complex cases and has the ability to manage a heavy caseload.  The CDDA exercises discretion to decline, defer or prosecute matters. The CDDA appears for and represents the District Attorney in a variety of interagency coordinating groups and committees.

Essential Functions (in a typical work week):

  • Review police reports, search warrant affidavits, grand jury subpoenas and other evidence to determine whether and what additional investigation may be necessary for successful prosecution.
    • Research and determine what, if any, charges are appropriate to file with the court then prepare language for charges.
    •              Meet with victims and witnesses in preparation for hearings, grand jury, trial and other court appearances.
    •              Coordinate and advise law enforcement on investigations, including any follow-up investigations.
    •              Available 24 hours a day to advise law enforcement on investigations.
    •              Negotiate with defense attorneys regarding appropriate disposition of cases.
    •              Draft plea offers by considering the charges, the record, the victims’ needs, and the public interest.
    •              Prepare necessary sentencing documents and motions which court expects prosecution lawyers to generate.
    •              Interact with other lawyers representing someone other than defendant such as crime victim or entity that is subject of subpoena.
    •              Maintain frequent contact both on and off working hours with DA.  This is generally for informational purposes so the DA understands the current status of the cases that are the most significant for the office.  There is also interaction and feedback at weekly meetings involving all the attorneys.
    •              Act as a first line supervisor to supervise staff in DA’s absence and other duties related to staff supervision when requested by DA. Including attending county meetings.

Secondary Functions (in a typical work week):

  • Interact with CAMI grantors. Grantors will conduct site visits, and will audit records of the CDAA and the CAMI grant.
    •              Engage with local, state and federal law enforcement to coordinate criminal investigations and in their preparation as witnesses.
    •              Must deal with judges and their staff in the presentation of cases.
    •              Must deal with criminal defendants when those individuals are representing themselves.
    •              Must engage with Juvenile department workers, CASA’s, child welfare, mental health workers, physicians, substance abuse counselors, assistant attorney generals, forensic scientists, medical professionals, advocates, and other professionals regarding cases, expert testimony, treatment and rehabilitation possibilities, appellate issues, and victim rights.
    •              Provides mandatory reporting training to schools, and other Wasco County organizations.
    •              Represent the DA and advise committees and councils that relate to law enforcement ( e.g. Sexual Assault Response Team(SART), Wasco County Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Team( MDT), Major Crimes Team, Wasco County Domestic Violence Council, Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Abuse Detectives).  Attend monthly meetings for Wasco County SART, MDT, and DV Council.
    •              Coordinate law enforcement efforts among law enforcement agencies during investigations.
    •              Respond 24/7 to police inquiries for advice and assistance.
    •              Respond to all crime scenes for suspicious deaths.
    •              Attend autopsies for suspicious death cases. Including traveling and meeting with the Medical Examiner, and being present in the room while the autopsy is being conducted by the ME’s office in Portland.
    •              Respond to public inquiries about specific cases.

Responsibility/Accountability: This section of the job description describes the amount and breadth of responsibility and accountability that rests with the position, including the expected results of the position, the impact on County operations and activities, and the responsibility for budget.

Definite impact on County operations, program outcomes, and expense or budgetary outcomes.  Dollar amounts influenced typically entail a department budget both for revenue and expense, and are significant.  Responsibility for the prudent use of County assets, including material, equipment, or labor, is significant, and probably extends to multiple work units or departments.  Program and policy development, which could be significant, is also part of the job responsibilities.  Contact with the public and their perception of being well served are a major portion of the position responsibilities.

Supervision of Employees:  This section of the job description describes the supervisory responsibility assigned including the range and types of supervisory functions performed, from directing work activities and delegating assignments to coaching, counseling, making disciplinary decisions, hiring, firing, salary actions, performance appraisal, training, etc. as well as the types of employees supervised.   

Positions at this level are responsible for daily work or special project direction that is provided to all DA office personnel.  Position participates in the hiring process.   Positions may be responsible for hiring, firing, disciplinary actions, etc.

Interpersonal Skills/Contacts:  This section of the job description describes the characteristics of personal interaction with others including the frequency of contacts with others, the breadth of interactions (within the County, outside the County, with vendors/contractors, dealing directly with the public, etc.), and the level of persons interacted with.  Also, included in this section is the reason for contact such as gaining cooperation; use negotiation, tact, teamwork, and sensitivity; or the likelihood of dealing with disagreeable or hostile individuals. 

Positions at this level have regular responsibility for interaction and communication with a broad range of people, both in individual and group meetings.  Contacts may be within the County structure, with various elements of the public, with other public sector organizations, or with regulators, special interest groups, or other officials.  Collaboration and cooperation must be established to accomplish assigned tasks.  Adverse consequences to the County could be significant if interactions are not handled well.  Well defined interaction skills are required to complete job assignments and utilized continuously throughout all aspects of the position assignments.

Working Conditions:  This section of the job descriptions outlines the work environment, conditions, and hazards that are encountered in the course of assigned work.  This includes the personal risk, hazard, varying work schedules, level of interruptions, job pressure, and the need to frequently juggle priorities and work assignments.  Also, exposure to unpleasant working conditions such as high noise levels, heat or cold, inside or outside work, exposure to electricity, chemicals, poor lighting, confinements, machinery, interactions with disturbed or dangerous individuals, personal attacks, contact with contagious disease, or situations where personal safely cannot be assured.

This level has a work environment in which moderate hazards or obstacles exist.  There is some personal risk or hazard from job interactions, working environment, or job pressure.  Job conditions may be somewhat uncomfortable due to varying work environments; outside job tasks; inclement weather; exposure to chemicals, machinery, electricity, or individuals of unpredictable, possibly harmful intent, etc.  Positions where there are constantly changing priorities, constant interruptions to work flow, and constant shifts in task assignment should be placed at this level.  Work that is somewhat physically demanding and which creates a possible risk of personal injury should also be placed at this level.

Physical Requirements:  This section of the job description describes the physical effort and manual labor, such as sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, digging, operating equipment, performing with speed, etc., as well as the dexterity required to complete the job functions.  The need for travel, extended hours, and situations of physical discomfort are also outlined here.

Positions rated at this level require occasional physical effort such as light lifting, carrying, or movement, etc.  Physical capability involves use of office or power equipment where some dexterity is needed.  Movement around the work space is not challenging, and there are little to no restrictions on mobility.

Education, Experience, and Certification/Licensure:  This section of the job description outlines the education, previous experience, professional licenses, certifications, and specific skills necessary to perform the assigned work. 

Positions at this level require abilities, skills, training, and/or a knowledge base equivalent to an advanced, experienced professional or executive.  Educational requirement will often include an advanced degree (Masters or higher).  Positions require seven to ten years of related previous experience, and are considered key contributors or managers with broad responsibilities.  Knowledge of the entire business or organizational systems, theories, and practices is required.  Widely diverse skills are necessary for job performance.  Capabilities required include the ability to construct effective plans, align various aspects of the operations into a cohesive whole, understand the implications of decisions on all parts of the County, and assess priorities when time and financial constraints are present.

Below is an outline of the specific Education type, Experience type or licensure/certification that is required for this role.  The County will also consider any equivalent combinations of the qualifying criteria.

  • Post-Graduate 3 year Doctor of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in criminal law, prosecution or defense, and a total of 7 years of legal experience. Experience in both prosecution and defense is preferred.
  • Current membership in good standing with Oregon State Bar.

Contact : Human Resources
511 Washington St. Suite 302A
The Dalles, OR 97058
fax: 541-506-2771

Need assistance? Please contact 541-506-2774 or 541-506-2775

**Incomplete applications will not be considered for employment.  Please let us know if you need assistance with your application process.**

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled