Description:

Purpose:
Works under the authority, guidelines and supervision of the Prosecuting Attorney. The Assistant Prosecutor is delegated authority and responsibility by the Prosecuting Attorney to assist the Prosecutor in fulfilling her/his statutory duties, pursuant to MCL 49.153. Performs a wide assortment of prosecutorial duties under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Responsibilities/Essential Job Functions:
  • An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all the following essential functions. These examples do not include all the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  • Performs all tasks of the Prosecuting Attorney in District, Family, Probate, Juvenile, Circuit and Appellate Courts.
  • Reviews, authorizes, prepares, and prosecutes assigned matters in Family, Probate, Juvenile, Circuit and Appellate Courts.
  • Handles assigned pretrial and post-trial meetings, conferences, communications, research, motions, search warrants and witness interviews.
  • Assists law enforcement and other appropriate agencies on legal issues.
  • Represents the Prosecuting Attorney at public education events, law enforcement training, cross-professional training councils, task forces and various other meetings as assigned by the Prosecuting Attorney.
  • Aids at crime scenes as needed.
  • Keeps Prosecuting Attorney apprised of case status and high-profile cases.
  • Attends legal conferences and seminars to stay current on legal issues, updates and learns strategies and information regarding criminal and other matters.
  • Acts as a special prosecutor in other counties within the State of Michigan, when so designated by the Prosecuting Attorney.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Employment Qualifications:
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.Passing score on the MPRE, licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, and a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan. Absolute loyalty to the elected Prosecutor is required. Ability to carry out work-related philosophies, best interests and policies of the elected Prosecutor.
  • Previous service as an intern in a prosecutor's office, judicial clerkship, public defender, legal aid or other comparable criminal justice experience is preferred.
  • Minimum three years of previous experience as an Assistant Prosecutor, Public Defender or private attorney preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain office confidentiality and handle stressful situations.
  • Competence as a trial attorney.
  • Knowledge of legal research, document production and courtroom presentation.
  • Ability to maintain professional integrity and respect for colleagues, co-workers, victims, witnesses, survivor families, and the public.
  • Ability to conduct research and utilize specialized software packages such as Law Desk, West Law, Lexus, or comparable research resources.
  • Employee is expected to possess and maintain a record of orderly, law-abiding citizenship, sobriety, integrity and loyalty as it pertains to and reflects upon his/her employment with the County.

Physical Requirements:
This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:
  • Ability to use office equipment such as telephone, fax machine, calculator, Dictaphone and computer software, including word processing, database and electronic mail/Internet/world wide web.
  • Ability to use photographic, audio and video equipment.
  • Ability to access all courtrooms within the County.
  • Prolonged sitting and standing while in the courtroom.
  • Ability to carry briefcase, files and legal volumes to courtrooms.
  • Ability to lift five pounds regularly and occasionally, up to 15 pounds.
  • Ability to hear, see, and speak English.
  • Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.

Working Conditions:
  • Works in office and courtrooms.
  • Exposure to individuals charged and/or convicted of a variety of criminal offenses.
  • Responds to warrant requests on a seven day, 24-hour basis.
  • May be required to travel to neighboring counties.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:
Exempt (salaried position)

Date: January 2023