CDA Investigator

KENDALL COUNTY CLASS SPECIFICATION

CDA INVESTIGATOR

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under general supervision of the Criminal District Attorney, the purpose of the position is to perform all necessary investigations and support associated with preparation of cases for criminal prosecution and trial. Assist prosecutors during misdemeanor and felony criminal case investigation, intake, or trial. Handle all aspects of evidence. Serve subpoenas as needed. Work with local law enforcement. Provide supervision to the victim services division.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Prepare, file, serve and track subpoenas; including Grand Jury subpoenas. Review subpoenas for service at least one week prior to trial.

Keep Prosecutors informed of problems in serving witnesses.

Prepare courtroom and exhibits as instructed by Prosecutors. Run criminal histories on jury panel prior to the day of trial. May testify in court pertaining to investigative activities and findings

Prepare case reports and statistical data.

Draft and serve subpoenas for employment, medical, financial and education records and other documentation as determined to be necessary. Conduct criminal history inquiries on defendants, complainants, and witnesses.

Request evidence and videos from the arresting agency for review by the Prosecutor prior to trial and for use during the trial. Ensure the chain of custody for all items of evidence is carefully maintained without any gaps.

Confers with forensic evidence, pathology medicine, serology, fingerprint and ballistics experts and prepares reports of findings.

Provides security for prosecutors, staff, complainants, and witnesses while in trial or as requested.

Drafts and/or executes evidentiary search warrants, arrest warrants, court orders for handwriting exemplars, writs of attachment, and civil injunctions as requested.

Maintains logs of daily and monthly investigation activities, and may coordinate investigations with Federal, State, County, and City Law Enforcement Agencies when assigned or assist when requested.

Respond to problems raised by other departments; support staff or attorneys

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from High School or a General Education Development (GED) certificate supplemented by college coursework or vocational training in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or a closely related field, and at least 7 years of law enforcement experience with five years of criminal investigation experience; or an equivalent of education and experience.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Must have a Basic Texas Peace Officer Certification; must have a Texas Peace Officer License; must qualify with duty firearm annually; must have a valid Texas Criminal Information Center/National Criminal Information Center Certification; must maintain TCOLE proficiency. Must have a valid driver’s license, motor vehicle liability insurance, personal injury insurance and a personal vehicle.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

Criminal investigation procedures; knowledge of Texas Penal Code; case management; knowledge of courtroom procedures.

Ascertaining factual information from conflicting or purposely inaccurate data.

Ability to:

Analyze daily issues requiring planning for interrelated activities that may involve more than one department.

Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions and interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions.

Exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required in uncertain, highly stressful situations.

Provide guidance assistance and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations.

Communicate verbally and in writing so as to allow comprehension by receiving party.

Understand and exchange information with supervisors and co-workers when giving and receiving assignments and instructions.

Communicate and interact with general public, attorneys, judges, and local, state, and federal law enforcement officials.

Provide verbal direction to personnel in conformance of rules, regulations, and other directives.

Follow safe work practices including workplace safety policies and procedures.

Walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, climb stairs and ladders.

Operate motor vehicles, sometimes at high rates of speed.

Use firearms, radios, radar gun, handcuffs, leg irons, stun cuff, taser, and first aid equipment.

Maintain physical ability in order to restrain offenders and perform self-defense tactics as needed.

Required to be on-call 24 hours a day.  May be required to work more than 40 hours during the work week.

Kendall County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals and employees with disabilities.

The annual salary is $63,000.00 plus benefits.

Please email cover letter, resume and completed application to [email protected] or mail to Kendall County Criminal District Attorney, Attn: Donna Sharp at 201 E San Antonio Ave, Suite 306, Boerne, TX 78006.

The Kendall County application can be found here.