Position is responsible for conducting investigations related to City liability, accident reports, damage to City property, and lawsuits filed against the City or County.
Salary: $31,707.00 – $40,312.00 Annually
Receive assignments from Chief Litigation Counsel relating to investigation of potential City liability, accident reports, damage to City property, and lawsuits filed against City or County; conducts preliminary review of case to determine nature of incident, verifies records, interviews relevant witnesses, and recommends course of action.
Act as liaison between Office of Corporation Counsel, involved governmental client, and claimant.
Gathers written documentation concerning incident involved in claim notice, i.e. accident reports, police reports, employee statements, evidence of damages, etc.; conducts investigation into the facts surrounding the case.
Locates and interviews witnesses and persons involved in incidents, to develop line of questioning to determine and verify nature of incident and extent of damages; maintain detailed notes of responses; assist legal advisors in obtaining formal depositions as required.
Reports to scene of incident as appropriate to examine evidence relating to the case; identifies and directs collection of physical evidence and data. Takes photographs and determines estimate of damages.
Analyze information and data obtained during investigation to assist in identification of party at fault; establishes validity and significance of data; develops and follows up on leads, requests license plate checks, driver's records checks, etc. to assist in resolving the case.
Prepares summary of case findings and recommendations for action and presents to supervisor or supervisor's designee for approval. Assists in implementation of follow-up action related to recommendations; serves summonses or subpoenas as needed.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.
High school education or equivalent and six (6) years previous experience in related profession, including but not limited to insurance, law enforcement or code enforcement. College degree preferred. Ability to obtain and maintain police powers as appropriate. Collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Observe and record events accurately and completely. Prepare detailed reports and records and maintain attention to detail across a high volume of cases. Prioritize work assignments. Obtain and hold a valid Indiana Driver's License. Must have knowledge of investigative methods and procedures. Indiana Tort Claims Act immunities and limitations. Case law concerning governmental liability. Report writing and records maintenance. City geography and risk management.
Position requires some knowledge of the relevant state and local laws governing governmental liability. Independent judgment is utilized.