Assistant County Attorney – Criminal Division

POTTER COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
(Assistant County Attorney—Criminal Division)

The Potter County Attorney’s Office has an opening for a misdemeanor criminal prosecutor.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Essential functions of the position include:

  1. All aspects of prosecution of misdemeanor offenses, including case screening, preparation of pleadings, motions, affidavits, warrants and other paperwork as necessary, witness preparation, securing and marshaling of evidence, and representation of the State of Texas in pretrial proceedings, criminal bench trials and jury trials in justice courts, the constitutional County Court and Potter County’s two statutory county courts, as well as in community supervision revocation proceedings;
  2. Formulation, justification and communication of plea offers in misdemeanor cases;
  3. Working with judges, court staff, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, pro se defendants (when permissible by law), victims, witnesses and office staff in the preparation and prosecution of criminal litigation;
  4. Performance of legal research necessary to effectively represent the State of Texas in criminal cases;
  5. Preparation of briefs and other documents required in appeals of criminal cases and, ultimately, participating in argument if appropriate;
  6. Advising law enforcement agencies and officers on issues of criminal law and criminal procedure;
  7. Answering public inquiries regarding the duties of the County Attorney’s office;
  8. Answering inquiries from other governmental agencies regarding the duties of the County Attorney’s office; and
  9. Other duties as assigned by the Criminal Division Chief or the County Attorney.

The position involves primarily indoor work assignments, including: office work; preparation of complaints, informations, warrants, motions and supporting documentation and other documents, including briefs, necessary for the commencement, prosecution and appeal of criminal cases; interviewing witnesses and parties; provision of required discovery; and litigating in trial and appellate courts.  Lifting of materials up to 25 pounds may be necessary.  Regular, timely attendance is an essential function of the position.  Candidates should be proficient in electronic legal research (such as Westlaw or LEXIS).  Candidates should possess superior communications skills.  Abilities to manage a considerable docket of active cases and consistently satisfy deadlines in the face of competing time demands are essential functions of the position.  The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate these skills and perform these functions with minimal direction from supervisory attorneys.  Additionally, interacting with coworkers, staff, court personnel, defense counsel and their staffs, law enforcement officers, community supervision and corrections personnel and members of the public in a professional and courteous manner is considered to be an essential function of the position.

Candidates must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in Texas.  A background investigation of each applicant, including review of any criminal history information, may be conducted.  Salary range for the position begins at $60,000, plus county benefits, but the salary may be negotiable based on qualifications and experience.  State Bar dues (from the time of hire forward), CLE and membership in TDCAA for the selected candidate will be paid by the County Attorney’s Office.  Candidates selected for an interview will be notified and will need to travel to Amarillo for the interview.  Interview expenses cannot be reimbursed. 

How to apply

Interested candidates must submit a Potter County employment application (which may be accessed at www.co.potter.tx.us), a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, writing sample and references to:

Potter County Human Resources Department
900 South Polk Street, Suite 705
Amarillo, Texas 79101

E-mail: [email protected]

Additionally, interested candidates should e-mail a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, writing sample and references to Christy Drake, Criminal Division Chief, at [email protected].

The Potter County Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.