Assistant Criminal District Attorney

Location: Abilene, Texas

Job Title: Assistant Criminal District Attorney-CPS and Civil

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Criminal District Attorney’s Office

Salary: $63,000 – 75,000 Annual – Dependent on Experience

Open: Until Filled

Supervisor: Criminal District Attorney


As an assistant criminal district attorney in the civil division, you will manage approximately 20% of Child Protective Services (CPS) cases in Taylor County and 20% of family violence and sexual assault protective order applications. Details about the Taylor County CPS caseload can be explored at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise investigators of the Department of Family and Protective Services as to what legal action is appropriate regarding children who have been abused or neglected.
  • Manage all aspects of pending litigation including but not limited to: drafting pleadings and orders, completing discovery, and representing the Department at all assigned hearings and trials.
  • Evaluate protective order applications in a timely manner and prosecute as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications, Education and Licenses

  • Must have a J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school
  • Must be licensed with the State Bar of Texas

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The ideal candidate will be familiar with family law or will be an exceptionally fast learner as the case load will be assigned immediately with supervision.
  • The ideal candidate will be diplomatic and able to recommend and implement creative solutions
  • Mastery of the Rules of Evidence is essential
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, county officials, the court system, and the general public
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Ability to use a personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet programs and data entry; calculator, telephone, copy machine and fax machine

Work Environment

Work is primarily done indoors in an environmentally controlled room, smoke free office.


  • Employee medical and dental insurance
  • Paid life and disability insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid vacation and sick time

How to Apply

Applicants can mail resume to James Hicks, Taylor County Criminal District Attorney, Attention: Donna Grant, 300 Oak, Suite 300, Abilene, Texas 79602 or applicants can email resume to Office Manager, Donna Grant at [email protected].