CURRENT VACANCY IS WITHIN THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28, 2021
SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS
SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENT” SECTION REGARDING
POSSESSION OF A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE
FINAL FILING DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2021 AT 12:00 PM
$4,980 – $6,356 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $28.73 – $36.67 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*
*Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases* Please visit https://co.shasta.ca.us/MOUs
ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY
Shasta County offers all of the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere. With its natural beauty, diversified culture, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Shasta County Public Defender provides efficient and effective legal defense services to indigent individuals charged with crimes in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile matters. In addition, the Office of the Shasta County Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent individuals facing conservatorship, guardianship, parental terminations, probate, and Welfare & Institutions Code Section 5150 proceedings.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Under direction, to investigate assigned cases in the Public Defender’s Office; and to perform related work as required. Under the direction and supervision of the Chief Investigator, individuals in this class are responsible for investigating cases to support the defense of individuals represented by the Public Defender.
Employees in this position, at this worksite, are required be COVID-19 vaccinated or to test for COVID-19 weekly in accordance with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Order issued on July 26, 2021.
This class is assigned the responsibility of performing all investigative activities relating to cases referred to the Public Defender. Public Defender Investigator II differs from the Public Defender Investigator I as to experience level within the field of criminal defense investigations. This class is distinguished from the Public Defender Investigator I class by the demonstrated ability of an incumbent to perform difficult assignments. This position requires considerable skill, professional judgment, and thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system. This position requires high standards of ethics and integrity. Individuals in this position need to be able to work independently and self-manage multiple job functions in a fast-paced environment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Investigates a wide variety of cases referred to the Public Defender; interviews suspects and witnesses; obtains statements, documents, and related factual material; obtains and preserves evidence; prepares detailed reports of investigations; testifies in court concerning the investigations. Investigate all levels of criminal, civil, and juvenile, cases referred to the Public Defender; obtain information accurately and conduct interviews of witnesses; take accurate notes during interviews and convert them into reports in cooperation with the attorney staff; confer with Deputy Public Defenders to ascertain information needed for the defense of criminal, civil, and juvenile, cases; testify in court as required.
Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following: Any combination of training, experience, and educational coursework which directly relates to the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: Methods and techniques of criminal investigation; Federal and State claiming regulations and procedures; principles of identification, preservation and presentation of evidence; laws pertaining to search and seizure and arrest; rules of evidence and court procedures; techniques of interviewing witnesses.
Ability to: Interpret and apply pertinent penal provisions of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, Health and Safety Code, Business and Professional Code, Civil Code, Evidence Code, Vehicle Code, Government Code, and Penal Code; gather, assemble, analyze and present facts and evidence and draw logical conclusions; analyze and evaluate statements of witnesses or suspected violators; conduct interviews and investigations effectively and be able to properly evaluate a case; prepare comprehensive correspondence and reports; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Minimal standards for this position require the completion of two years as a Public Defender Investigator I or its equivalent. Minimal standards for this position can also be achieved with four years full time experience as a law enforcement officer or full-time investigator in a field which directly relates to the required knowledge and abilities. of law enforcement experience, with at least one year within an investigative assignment. A Corrections assignment would not meet this minimal requirement unless that assignment included investigative duties.
· Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of California Criminal and Civil Law; Excellent writing skills, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills; Experience as a criminal defense investigator and the highest level of ethics and integrity.
Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.
1. Do you possess a degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, Police Science, Psychology, or Behavioral Science? Why did you choose your particular field of study?
2. Do you have criminal defense investigation experience? Please describe your experience and include years of experience.
3. Is your qualifying experience within the last 7 years?
4. Please describe the type of criminal, civil, juvenile, or other type of investigative work you have performed or conducted, and/or any other experience you have that is relevant to the position of Public Defender Investigator II.
5. Please provide a brief description of a field investigation you conducted that was particularly interesting, complicated, or difficult, which demonstrates your initiative, resourcefulness, and your approach to investigation.
6. Describe your experience working in the community with the indigent population. Experience may include both professional and/or personal experience or volunteer work.
7. I acknowledge that if hired to work in this position I will be required to be COVID-19 vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19 in accordance with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Order issued on July 26, 2021? Y/N
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee will operate a motor vehicle daily; need the ability to move over uneven surfaces on foot or in vehicles, cross ditches, through fences, etc.; need the ability to have sure and quick movements such as running.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee will have substantial interaction with the public and staff; work with individuals in high stress situations; have the ability to analyze and resolve possible threat or danger.
- All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
- Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
- As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
- Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
- Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here. If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flier.
- In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
- Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) – General Unit.
- Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 8.75% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at Employee Benefits for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County’s website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County’s website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCEDURES
Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 12 p.m., on October 22, 2021. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter,” or “See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter” the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.
Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.
Veterans’ Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.
Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at apply online or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.
Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.
SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515