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Criminal Investigator Chief

Salary: $47.23-$57.66 hourly / $8,214-$10,028 monthly / Range: 7062

DEFINITION: Under general direction, manages the activities of the Investigations Division of the District Attorney's Office. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages activities of criminal investigators and welfare fraud investigators; performs administrative duties such as establishing budget controls and managing case workloads; conducts complex investigations; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This single-position class is distinguished from the supervisory/leadworker class of Criminal Investigator, Senior by the Chief's overall responsibility for managing the Investigations Division of the District Attorney's Office. The incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment within policy guidelines and laws relating to program areas and reports directly to an Assistant District Attorney.


1. Plans, organizes, and directs the investigative activities of the District Attorney's Office; directs and evaluates the work of subordinate staff and provides training and other assistance when needed; coordinates bureau activities with other divisions within the District Attorney's office and with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; develops rapport and intra-agency cooperation on investigative matters.
2. Establishes and maintains effective reporting systems to ensure internal controls and compliance with legal requirements for criminal investigations; compiles, reviews, and interprets data to evaluate performance of investigative units.
3. Calculates and documents time and costs for investigative activities; exercises budgetary control over investigative expenditures such as travel, training, materials, and consultants; confers with Assistant Director, District Attorney regarding budget items and monthly investigative unit expenses.
4. May conduct internal investigations and investigate complex or sensitive criminal cases; appears as a witness in court; confers with attorneys and other law enforcement officials on special case filings, legal processes, and procedures and resolves problems; maintains control over investigative equipment to ensure reliability and availability.
5. Assists the District Attorney in formulating, implementing, and monitoring departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives; confers with Assistant District Attorney regarding work priorities for the Investigations Division; reviews and writes reports regarding the division's investigative activities; assumes responsibility for office security.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of valid P.O.S.T. Advanced and Supervisory Certificates; a bachelor's degree in justice administration, criminology, police science, law or a related field from an accredited college or university; and,

1. Eight years of sworn criminal investigation experience in a law enforcement agency, including two years of experience supervising and directing the work of subordinate investigators; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Criminal Investigator Sr. with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Applicable experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis, up to a maximum of two years.


General: Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to: no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined by thorough background check, psychological evaluation, polygraph, submission of fingerprints for purpose of criminal record check, and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Special Requirements: May be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays while conducting major crime investigations or to assist other law enforcement agencies in major emergencies; may be required to assist on civil or criminal cases being tried in other counties due to changes in venue; may be exposed to hostile witnesses and hazardous or stressful situations while completing assignments.

Knowledge of: investigative resources available in public and private criminal laboratories; investigative equipment and techniques, including evidence tracking methods, link analysis, visual charting, financial reconstruction, and forensic computer investigation; criminal identification techniques such as fingerprinting, DNA, and ballistics; California Penal Code as it relates to the investigation of criminal and civil matters; rules of arrest, search and seizure, admissibility of evidence, and courtroom procedure; principles of public administration, staff utilization and management; budgeting procedures and methods of reimbursement from federal and state agencies; computer applications used in general office settings.

Ability to: plan, schedule, direct, and conduct complex investigations; supervise and train staff effectively; manage division budget; perform routine arithmetic computations and simple bookkeeping and spreadsheet operations; develop methods of documentation; interpret statistics and criminal and civil laws, especially laws regarding search and seizure, arrest, evidence, and failure to provide; obtain accurate information through interviews, interrogations, and observations; prepare and evaluate written reports regarding investigations; exercise sound judgment in the analysis of investigative problems; testify effectively in court; use personal computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; write clear documents using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; work without close supervision; be decisive and expedient in implementing courses of action; exercise sound judgment, tact, diplomacy, and discretion under difficult circumstances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and public.

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