Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney (Intake/Grand Jury Division)

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney (Intake/Grand Jury Division) – District Attorney’s Office

Employer: Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

Location: Richmond, Texas

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office is seeking a deputy chief prosecutor for its Intake/Grand Jury Division, effective immediately.  Applicants should be Texas licensed attorneys in good standing with at least 3 years of job-related experience, and should possess a thorough working knowledge of criminal prosecution and court procedure.  The ideal candidate for this position has extensive experience evaluating cases for charge decisions, writing arrest/search warrants, felony trial work, conducting trainings, and previous supervisory experience.

The Intake/Grand Jury Division handles the initial review of felony and misdemeanor charges submitted by law enforcement agencies and makes charging decisions on all felony and misdemeanor charges not assigned to specialized divisions.  It is comprised of the chief, deputy chief, eight lawyers and 11 support staff.  The Intake/Grand Jury Division presents cases, and provides guidance, to the Grand Jury.  The Intake/Grand Jury Division is responsible for advising local and state law enforcement agencies regarding search, seizure, and arrest issues that arise during a criminal investigation.  Additionally, Intake prosecutors assist law enforcement officers by reviewing arrest and search warrants before presentation to a magistrate.  The deputy chief prosecutor assists the Chief with the supervision and training of the division to ensure a high level of preparedness in evaluating cases and reviewing arrest and search warrants, establishing procedures and guidelines for the division, providing guidance to law enforcement agencies during criminal investigations, and presenting cases to the Grand Jury.  The deputy chief prosecutor provides trainings to our law enforcement partners and is a resource for the community.  The deputy chief prosecutor assists with maintaining and analyzing division statistics.  Strong case evaluation, writing, and communication skills will be required as well as proficiency to provide education to grand jurors, law enforcement, and community members.  Most importantly, the deputy chief must be able to make the tough calls to decline prosecution and defend that decision to law enforcement and the public. 

Fort Bend County is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and is only thirty minutes from downtown Houston.  The annual salary for this position starts at $98, 031.60.  Bar dues and CLE are paid for by the office.  Relevant Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifications allow for additional compensation of $5,000 annually.

Offers are subject to an application/interview process, background check, and drug test.  Not all applicants will be interviewed.  Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Intake Chief Laurel Ellisor at [email protected] at their earliest convenience.