Closing Date: 16th April, 2023


This position analyzes, prepares and prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases for the state of Missouri, by regularly appearing in court, conduct motion hearings, bench trials, and jury trials.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conducts factual and legal analysis of reports submitted by law enforcement agencies to determine whether charges should be filed based on the facts and law
  • Represents the State of Missouri at docket calls including arraignments, motion hearings, guilty plea hearings, probation violation hearings
  • Makes recommendations to the courts as to the amount of bond to be set, conducts bench trials, and presents evidence at preliminary hearings
  • Manages assigned cases; advises law enforcement, as needed, during investigations
  • Confers with victims of crime
  • Negotiates plea agreements with defense counsel
  • Interviews witnesses
  • Establishes trial strategy designed to secure a verdict of guilty
  • Establishes, modifies and enforces judgments for child support; paternity, and state debt and medical support; signs pleadings. Litigates petitions and motions to modify; drafts criminal complaints
  • Maintains proficiency in Missouri and Federal law
  • Responds to law enforcement agencies' inquiries regarding search warrants and charging decisions
  • Extensively reviews documents
  • Ensures that assigned cases are disposed of within office policy guidelines
  • Consults with other assistants regarding professional experience in evaluating and processing cases

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Operate office equipment, including but not limited to: copy machine, computer, phone, and other standard equipment
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree required. Must have a valid Missouri Bar license and be a member in good standing to practice law in the State of Missouri.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -
  • Comprehensive knowledge of county, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of court proceedings
  • Comprehensive knowledge of legal databases and other research tools
  • Good knowledge of Buchanan County policies and procedures
  • Skill in researching and investigating leads, and in preparing cases for trial
  • Skill in trying cases and presenting legal arguments
  • Skill in communicating orally and in writing, and in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with other departments, law enforcement agencies and the public

Working Environment/Physical Requirements
The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary. Must possess vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to correspond via email; must possess hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Cognitive ability to understand and convey complex information.

Employee Behavior and Conduct
County employees shall conduct themselves in a professional manner. Employees should respect their colleagues, and extend courtesy to those with whom they come in contact both internally and externally during the performance of their job duties.

The duties and responsibilities in this Job Description are not a comprehensive list and Buchanan County reserves the right to assign, reassign or eliminate the duties and responsibilities of this job either orally or in writing. The scope of the job may be changed at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other reasons deemed appropriate by the County. This Job Description does not constitute an Employment Agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change, according to the business needs of Buchanan County.

At the discretion of Buchanan County, a Background Check may be completed. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Background Check.