FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty, planning, organizing, directing, and reviewing criminal investigation in the Public Defender’s Office; performs related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An Employee in this classification is responsible for the administration of the investigative division of the Public Defender's Office. Considerable latitude is permitted for independent action within the framework of departmental policies. A Chief Criminal Investigator serves under the direction of the Public Defender who evaluates performances on the basis of results obtained. A Chief Criminal Investigator exercises immediate supervision over approximately six (6) investigators and assists them when necessary.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
• Supervises all facets of the investigative procedures on each individual criminal case
• Supervises subordinate criminal investigative staff
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Provides instructions on types of techniques to be utilized to accomplish tasks and how reports are to be prepared for both investigative staff and attorneys
• Ensures maximum use of investigative time and skills by properly assigning cases to investigative staff and tracking the status of each case
• Establishes investigative priorities so that investigations are completed in a timely and thorough manner
• Conducts criminal investigations for complex cases
• Testifies in court regarding cases personally investigated
• Reviews and interprets law enforcement reports
• Assigns investigators to locate witnesses, conduct interviews, serve subpoenas and complete the investigative process
• Initiates reports, photographs and other types of evidence
• Develops and maintains liaisons with local, state and federal governmental agencies concerning criminal investigations, and/or laws and regulations affecting the work of the investigative division
• Maintains efficient operational policies and procedures for the investigative division in compliance with current state and federal laws, and recommends changes when necessary
• Maintains statistical data by keeping records of cases received and investigated
• Makes fiscal budget decisions regarding allocations of funds
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Completes required training programs and stays current with County Emergency Management operational policies and procedures
• Supports the County Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems in preparedness, response and recovery efforts
• Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Investigative principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment with special reference to investigative work
• Relevant laws, rules and regulations
• Principles and practices of leadership, training, and supervision
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Applying investigative methods, techniques, and practices in conducting investigation as to secure witnesses, facts, and evidence
• Analyzing law enforcement practices and techniques
• Planning, assigning, scheduling, and supervising the work of subordinate legal investigators in conducting criminal investigations
• Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with other local, state and federal governmental agencies as well as attorneys and the court system
• Dealing effectively with hostile, resistant and difficult suspects or witnesses
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Business/ Public Administration, Sociology, Psychology or related field and five (5) year’s experience in criminal investigative or law enforcement work including two (2) year’s experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk; and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl; and taste; or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
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.
The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee maybe exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions, explosives, and other related conditions and situations. Position is subject to atmospheric conditions: Fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases or poor ventilation.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid IL driver’s license.