Criminal Investigator Chief
Salary: $47.23-$57.66 hourly / $8,214-$10,028 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
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.