District Attorney Investigator I

Salinas, CA
Monterey County
Salary: $6,318.00-$8,597.33 Monthly

The District Attorney is accepting applications for a District Attorney Investigator I.

Application Filing Deadline: February 18, 2019

Exam #: 19/34A20/01MG

Salary: $6,318.00 – $8,597.33 Monthly

Closing: 2/18/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The District Attorney is responsible for attending courts and conducting all local criminal prosecutions. The District Attorney is a State Constitutional Officer when prosecuting crimes defined under State law. The Office additionally provides legal advice to all law enforcement agencies and provides training programs for their personnel, thus increasing the probability of successful prosecutions. The Office also provides extensive ongoing training to staff in the following areas; mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE); California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST); information technology; policies and ordinance; conflict resolution; customer service; and all County mandated trainings.

This is the entry level criminal investigator class in the District Attorney Investigator series. Applicants must have successfully completed a California P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy course. Positions in this class are assigned primarily to the investigation of suspected Welfare Fraud cases. Investigator I’s receive training and experience, they may be called upon to investigate categories of crime other than welfare fraud. This is a Peace Officer level position.

Examples of Duties
• Investigate suspected welfare fraud.
• Review and evaluate evidence and recommend appropriate action to Deputy District Attorneys.
• Confer with attorneys and other agencies regarding possible case resolution.
• Prepare detailed reports.
• Assist hearing officers with administrative hearings when criminal prosecution does not appear warranted.
• Testify in trials and administrative hearings.
• Make arrests and render emergency assistance when appropriate.
• Prepare and serve search warrants, subpoenas, promissory notes, and other documents as needed to complete cases and missions.
• Investigate categories of crime other than welfare fraud as assigned.

To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of: Investigative techniques and procedures; Basic principles of identification, preservation and presentation of evidence; Laws of arrest, search and seizure; Principles and techniques of effective investigative report writing; Financial record keeping.

Skill and Ability to: Learn, interpret and apply provisions of welfare rules and regulations, welfare fraud statutes, and other applicable laws; Gather, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence and draw logical conclusions from information gathered; Obtain information and evidence by lawful means and evaluate evidence for purposes of investigation and prosecution; Demonstrate analytical thinking; Conduct records examinations and interviews; Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, other agencies and the general public; Prepare detailed written investigative reports, correspondence and memoranda; Operate a personal computer to prepare reports, search databases, process digital photographs and to utilize network and/or web-based programs and applications. Provide excellent and courteous customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training
Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides for the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Successful completion of a POST-certified Basic Police Academy course. (NOTE: The District Attorney’s office does not pay to send candidates through the Basic Police Academy Course. Therefore, candidates must have completed the Academy prior to appointment.)


Some experience in a position requiring gathering, analyzing, and evaluating facts, and preparing written reports of findings.


Coursework in Administration of Justice, Criminology, Law or Criminal Justice from an accredited college or university.

Additional Information
Conditions of employment include:

Must have successfully completed a California P.O.S.T. certified basic police academy course
• Possess a valid Class C California Driver License by the date of appointment.
• Attain a Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate prior to and/or at the completion of the 12-month probationary period.
• Successfully complete a P.O.S.T. certified investigation and trial preparation course within 12 months from the date of appointment.
• Pass a Physical Ability Test and Panel Interview.
• Upon receiving a conditional job offer must successfully pass the background/suitability process including a medical examination, a psychological examination and pre-employment drug test.
• Be available to work long/flexible hours, including different shifts, evenings, and weekends, travel daily within and outside the County as necessary.
• On an annual basis, must pass a physical ability test.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031 and Section 1005 of the Regulations of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and Penal Code Section 831:
• Meet the California Government Codes 1029 and 1031 Peace Officer requirements, including passing a required psychological exam, a medical exam, as well as a background investigation.
• Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate at the high school level.
• Have uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better in each eye, correctable to 20/30 in each eye; normal color vision and normal hearing.


Ability to meet the medical and physical standards under the California Peace Officer Standards of Training and California Government Code; ability to sit, stand, and/or drive for extended periods of time; mobility flexibility, gross body coordination, dexterity sufficient to stand, stoop, reach, bend, twist and turn in order to view crime scenes and examine physical evidence; ability to pursue and physically detain hostile individuals; acute vision, visual color discrimination, hearing, voice, smell and sense of touch in order to detect and examine crime scenes and all manner of physical objects, including items of evidence such as weapons, photographs, diagrams, fingerprint impressions and trace evidence and to clearly see and identify people; ability to develop and maintain manual dexterity, visual acuity and physical strength necessary to demonstrate proficiency with duty weapon and other equipment issued; ability to speak clearly and with volume required to conduct interrogations and to carry on clear conversations in person, over a radio and on a telepho6ne.

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the “A” Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

As a condition of employment, prospective employees will be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of criminal conviction. Employees must have and show their Social Security Card on the first day of work. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line!
Our website: www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel

Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Human Resources Department
Attn: Michelle Gomez, Associate Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: gomezme@co.monterey.ca.us | Phone: (831) 755-5383

The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
• A completed County of Monterey employment application
• Responses to the supplemental questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the application filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants’ possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.



Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5383.