Published August 3, 2020

Position Title: Deputy County Attorney – Criminal Department
Department: County Attorney’s Office
Department Administrator: Joshua Racki
Pay Rate: $56,477.78 – $71,977.78, Yearly DOE
Schedule: Full-time with Benefits
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

At a Minimum All Qualified Applicants Must Have

Education/Experience/Training

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school and admitted to the Montana State Bar with an active license to practice law in Montana or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of date of hire.
  • Prior experience in a County Attorney’s office preferred.

Licenses & Other Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License issued by the State of Montana.
  • Reliable transportation for “on call” assignments.

Each applicant is required to provide the following: Cascade County Employment Application, letter of introduction, resume, writing sample, copy of current law license.

The successful applicant shall serve a 6-month probationary period, must join the MEA/ MFT Union, and may have a criminal background check conducted. The results thereof may disqualify the applicant from consideration for employment with the County.

Job Summary

The Deputy County Attorney – Criminal performs complex legal, professional and administrative work. The work is performed in accordance with established standards and practices of the legal profession, state and federal law, and County policy. Under policies and procedures established by the Cascade County Attorney, the Deputy County Attorney (Criminal) initiates and prosecutes criminal cases through final disposition and provides legal counsel and advice on matters of criminal law and performs other related duties as required or assigned. Must be able to pass background check and meet and maintain implemented or required security approvals for employment with the Cascade County Attorney’s Office.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

The Deputy County Attorney (Criminal) prosecutes adult criminal offenders through final disposition in Justice and District Courts, may also prosecute child abuse and neglect cases, bring involuntary mental health commitments, prosecute child support enforcement, initiate guardianship/conservatorship proceedings, prosecute youth offenders in Youth Court and attend Drug Treatment Court, reviews investigative reports from law enforcement officers, makes determination regarding charges to be filed, whom to prosecute and when to decline prosecution, drafts and files charging documents, coordinates, plans, prepares and executes jury and judge trials, communicates regularly with victims and law enforcement regarding case status, prepares for and attends various court hearings such as arraignments, omnibus, bail, suppression, change of plea, sentencing, revocation, etc., interviews and prepares witnesses for courtroom proceedings, prepares pleadings, briefs and other legal documents for filing with the court, responds to various written and oral motions and arguments made by defense counsel, prepares jury instructions and necessary trial and/or hearing exhibits, must be able to communicate well with witnesses and victims of all ages, social, economic and educational backgrounds, negotiates plea agreements, assists law enforcement with and drafts search warrants and subpoenas, conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and other documents, provides legal advice to various County officials, outside agencies and law enforcement, drafts legal opinions, researches and interprets statutes, codes and ordinances, negotiates with concerned parties to resolve contested issues, prepares findings of fact and conclusions of law and drafts proposed orders, prepares arguments orally and in writing, must serve as “on call” attorney on a rotational basis to law enforcement.

Full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in private practice, except for representation of their immediate family.

Must join the County Deputy County Attorney’s Association.

Knowledge and understanding of: Civil and Criminal Law, Rules of Civil and Criminal procedure, Rules of Evidence and the appellate process, principles of trial advocacy and applicable law, court procedures and applicable rules, Cascade County policies and procedures, word processing software, on-line legal research, safety rules, procedures and practices.

Ability to: Utilize County and State codes and ordinances, especially those authorizing criminal penalties, comprehend and make inferences from written material, produce documents using proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar and spelling, analyze alternative approaches to legal issues, conduct efficient and effective legal research, handle stress and conflict, maintain confidentiality, conduct self with proper decorum and deference to the Court and court personnel, be well organized with multiple tasks and deadlines, establish effective working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, other County departments, employees, Federal and State agencies, private agencies, law enforcement, victims and the general public, communicate well, in writing and orally, in both technical and non-technical terms, prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, recommendations and technical documentation, work for sustained periods of time maintaining concentration and attention to detail, operate a personal computer using word processing and on-line research applications, use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions, perform a wide variety of tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines, quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology, meet challenges with resourcefulness through original thinking and creativity.

Application Instructions

Each applicant is required to provide the following: Cascade County Employment Application, letter of introduction, resume, writing sample, copy of current law license.

Employment application is available at the Cascade County Human Resources Department, www.cascadecountymt.gov/employment, or Job Service.

Submit all application materials to:

Cascade County Human Resources Department
325 2nd Ave N #108
Great Falls, MT 59401

The successful applicant shall serve a 6-month probationary period, must join the MEA/ MFT Union, and may have a criminal background check conducted. The results thereof may disqualify the applicant from consideration for employment with the County.

Notice to Applicants: Applicants who are claiming Veteran’s or Handicap Preference must provide a DD-214 Discharge Document (Part 4) or DPHHS Handicap Certification and Employment Preference Form with their application for employment so Cascade County may apply the preference during the selection process.

Cascade County makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with the applicant’s ability to compete in the recruitment and selection process or an employee’s ability to perform the essential duties of the job. For Cascade County to consider such arrangements, the applicants must make known any needed accommodations.

CASCADE COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER