YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Investigator

BAND:

C

GRADE:

4

SUBGRADE:

1

CLASS CODE:

4341

DEPARTMENT:

Assigned Counsel

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Senior Director (Assigned Counsel)

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for conducting investigations in criminal cases, preparatory to trial and other resolution; developing information in case preparation; conducting interviews; reviewing and analyzing police reports and discovery of materials; examining evidence and crime scenes; locating and coordinating witnesses and evidence; and testifying in court.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Investigator classification is a stand-alone classification distinguished from other classifications by the specialized knowledge and skill required in interviewing crime witnesses and suspects, critical analysis, and investigation techniques and methodology.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Develops information for use by defense counsel in case preparation which includes: conducting interviews, reviewing and analyzing discovery of materials; examining evidence and crime scenes; and other methods of detection.

C4

2.

Discusses and analyzes criminal cased with defense attorneys to assist in developing and refining defense which includes critical review and analysis of law enforcement and other agency documents in order to determine avenues of investigation.

C4

3.

Prepares reports of investigations for attorneys in criminal court.

C4

4.

Locates witnesses who have moved or relocated, serves subpoenas, and prepares affidavits of service to further assist in the preparation of cases.

B2

5.

Coordinates the scheduling of interviews with attorneys, victims, and witnesses which includes prioritizing the investigation and interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects.

B2

6.

Reviews incoming requests for investigation by staff and contract attorneys to ensure no conflict exists for in-house investigation; assigns cases to investigators; and reviews and evaluates results with attorneys to ensure investigations are being handled properly.

C4

7.

Testifies in court and coordinates witnesses and evidence for court presentation.

C4

8.

Participates in making staffing decisions by analyzing caseloads and reporting results to the Assigned Counsel Manager.

C4

9.

Works with Assigned Counsel Manager in developing investigative policies and procedures that will meet the needs of attorneys and clients and will ensure that the investigative product of staff is effective and professional.

C4

 

     

10.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Local government organizations and functions;
  • Practices and methods employed in crime detection and criminal investigations;
  • Laws and ordinances of the State and County relating to law enforcement arrests;
  • Rules of evidence and forensics;
  • Functions of the judiciary and corrections field; and
  • Customer service techniques.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Using equipment such as cameras, tape recorders, calculators, cellular telephones, and video cameras;
  • Using office equipment such as telephones, typewriter and fax machines;
  • Writing and analyzing reports;
  • Performing professional investigations including collecting, compiling, organizing and evaluating information;
  • Communicating with a wide range of people;
  • Solving problems;
  • Managing time and prioritizing projects;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice or related field and three years of investigation experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

Valid Washington State Driverís License.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, stooping, reaching, crouching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbents may be subject to travel or hazardous physical conditions, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, blood or other bodily fluids, extreme temperatures or potentially hostile individuals..

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and or leg controls requires exertion greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Revised: 1/1/99