Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Superior Court

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Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play!

Pend Oreille Country is located in Northeastern Washington, on the border of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery.

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Open Position: Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (Superior Court)

Full Wage Range: $6,102.11 - 7,738.36 per month

Hiring Range: $6,454.33 - 7,300.73 per month DOQ 

SIGN-ON BONUS: $10,000.00 Sign-on Bonus, subject to all required taxes, withholdings, and the County Policy, to be paid in two payments. 50% of the bonus will be paid on the next regularly scheduled pay date after your first day of employment with Pend Oreille County; the remaining 50% of the bonus will be paid after one year of County service. Restrictions apply.

Benefits include: Eligibility for allocation toward medical, dental & vision insurance, HRA VEBA and/or HSA, PERS retirement plan options, life insurance, long-term disability, paid holidays, paid vacation, and paid sick leave, time-based step increases. Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.

JOB SUMMARY:  The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney, represents the State of Washington in Pend Oreille County courts in criminal cases.  This position manages an active felony criminal caseload in Superior Court but may also include other types of criminal prosecutions. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of cases through trial and sentencing and may require the handling of appeals. Works cooperatively and effectively with law enforcement, the public and other employees.     


  1. Prepares cases for litigation. 

  2. Works with law enforcement to ensure thorough investigation of cases.

  3. Reviews reports for legal sufficiency and determines appropriate charges to be filed. 

  4. Handles pretrial hearings such as preliminary appearances, omnibus hearings, bail hearings, suppression and confession hearings, pleas and sentencings.

  5. Prepares and litigates jury trials or bench trials as appropriate; selects juries if applicable; may handle appellate matters arising from such trials or hearings, including appellate brief preparation and argument.

  6. Presents and conducts courtroom proceedings necessary for the hearing of assigned cases. 

  7. Determines strategy, including organization, timing and order of evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses and related factors. 

  8. Ensures the Prosecuting Attorney and other concerned parties are informed of case progress and direction. 

  9. Coordinates with Victim/Witness staff to arrange for the timely appearance of witnesses.

  10. Conducts legal research and drafts memoranda and legal briefs in connection with assigned cases and for other attorneys, as required. 

  11. Communicates regularly with state and local agencies.

  12. Advise law enforcement agencies on the legal aspects of specific offenses and on proper arrest, search and seizure and related procedures.

  13. Carry out any or all duties of Deputy Prosecutor as directed and assigned by the Prosecuting Attorney. 

  14. Perform any or all other tasks as assigned.


  1. Knowledge of traffic and criminal laws of the State of Washington; rules and procedures of juvenile, district and superior courts; basic techniques of preparation and prosecution of juvenile, traffic and felony criminal cases.

  2. Ability to exercise discretion, as supervised by the Prosecuting Attorney, as to when criminal charges should be filed, what charges are to be filed and the appropriate sentencing recommendation to make to the court.

  3. Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems; present law, facts, evidence, and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form without significant supervision.

  4. Ability to work harmoniously with law enforcement and court personnel and maintain good public relations.

  5. Sufficient knowledge and ability to advise law enforcement agencies during investigation, prepares search warrants, prepares and files Information or Criminal Complaints, prepares and files petitions for the revocation of probation and obtains arrest warrants.

  6. Ability to advise all victims and witnesses of their rights and ensure that they are treated fully and fairly within the criminal justice system.

  7. Ability to assist the Prosecuting Attorney and the other deputies in the office, as needed, and can become involved in any of the functions of the prosecuting attorney's office.  The deputy prosecutor may be assigned, based on qualifications and experience, to any divisions within the office, at the discretion of the Prosecuting Attorney.

  8. Ability to plan and organize multiple tasks and responsibilities.

  9. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. 

  10. Ability to work well and communicate with co-workers, other county departments, other governmental agencies, and the public.

  11. Fully comply with the ethical rules and guidelines for attorneys as established by the Washington State Supreme Court. 

  12. Project a professional image.

  13. Attend and successfully complete training as directed by the Prosecuting Attorney and engage in regular review to maintain a current knowledge of applicable case law and legislative enactments.

  14. Learn to use and proficiently operate office and courtroom technology such as computers, copiers, camera projectors, scanners and various computer software programs and applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and electronic document management systems; ability to learn and use new software programs as necessary.



  1. Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required.

  2. Must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, remain active with Washington State Bar annual requirements and maintain a clear criminal record.

  3. Must have a minimum of three (3) years of practice as an attorney, preferably in prosecution of criminal offenses.

  4. Requires a full knowledge of criminal law and related Washington statutes.


  1. Must be 18 years or older.
  2. Maintain a valid driver’s license.
  3. Successfully pass driving record check.
  4. Must be a United States citizen.
  5. Must pass a criminal history background check.
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