Trial Director

Employer: Williamson County Attorney’s Office
Location: Georgetown, Texas
POSITION:   Assistant County Attorney – Trial Director
SALARY:      $82,621.50

JOB SUMMARY:

Directly supervises the operation of 3 County Courts at Law and 4 Justice of the Peace courts in all aspects of adult criminal prosecution from case intake through appeal, along with supervising Veterans Court, DWI/Drug Court, the Mental Health Diversion Docket, and the Pre-Trial Intervention Program.

General Duties:

Ensures adequate coverage of all adult criminal matters to include County and JP Court dockets, PTIP contract signings, specialty court representation, and contested matters.

Trains and monitors prosecutors regarding the responsibilities for case intake, screening, and follow up investigations to include reviewing police reports and evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies. May make investigative requests for additional evidence and make charging decisions.

Trains, monitors, and assists with contested court hearings to include reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing trial motions, responding to defense motions, preparing trial exhibits and the hearing itself (i.e. jury selection, opening statements, witness examination and closing arguments).

Oversees prosecutor responsibilities for plea negotiations and correspondence with defense attorneys to include reviewing evidence, reading criminal histories and police reports, submitting plea offers, negotiating specific terms and conditions and responding to discovery requests.

Oversees prosecutor responsibilities for drafting legal documents such as motions, pleadings, orders, plea paperwork, legal memos, search warrants and administrative documents utilizing Odyssey and computer.

Monitors the Pretrial Intervention Program to include the PTIP email, completion of applications, assessment reviews, approvals, and denials.

Monitors on-call prosecutor list and assignments.  Serves in an advisory capacity for case staffing and review from all aspects and areas of law enforcement.

Performs legal research by reading State statutes and codes, analytical books, on line case research utilizing Lexis Nexis and specialized practice guides.

Supervises and monitors specialty assignments to include, but not limited to, Veterans Treatment Court, DWI/Drug Court, and the Mental Health Diversion Docket

As needed, discusses cases with prosecutors, defense attorneys, adult probation officers, victims and witnesses in an advisory capacity for review, questions, and advice.

Communicates and updates the Criminal Courts Chief routinely on the status of all mentioned tasks and the performance of subordinates.

Exhibits higher-level thinking and problem solving by developing solutions to implement for the advancement of the office and community.

Communicates with County personnel, Elected Officials, Judges, Defense Attorneys, victims and witnesses of crime, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

Readily complies with departmental and county-wide policies and procedures.

Performs related special projects as assigned.

The physical demands and environmental factors listed below as well as regular attendance are also essential functions for this position.

REQUIREMENTS:

Doctorate in Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.  Must be currently licensed by the State Bar to practice law and in good standing. Minimum three years of experience as a Texas prosecutor, or equivalent experience.  Must pass a criminal background check.  Ability to work in an office environment and interact effectively with others.

Candidates should be proficient in electronic legal research.  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 the County Attorney. 

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Mainly indoor activity.  Significant contact with the public, crime victims, witnesses, persons accused/convicted of crimes, police officers, and other law enforcement /courthouse personnel.

About This Office

Williamson County is a medium size office serving approximately 28 law enforcement agencies including the City of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Georgetown. We are looking for a highly self-motivated, hardworking, compassionate individual who is dedicated to obtaining positive results in prosecuting criminal cases. Starting salary is $82,621.50. Health and retirement benefits provided through Williamson County. State Bar dues, CLE and membership in TDCAA for the selected candidate will be paid by the County Attorney’s Office.

APPLICATIONS

To be considered, interested candidates must submit an Employment Application online only thru Williamson County Human Resources at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/williamsonco/default.cfm

Not every applicant will be interviewed.  No phone calls.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Employment is ALWAYS AT WILL of the County Attorney. 

Resumes may be faxed or emailed to:
Peggy Vasquez, Chief of Staff – 512-943-1120 or [email protected]

However, an application MUST be completed via Williamson County HR online portal.