DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is professional legal work of a complex nature involving responsibility for conducting criminal investigations, preparing and presenting criminal court cases. Additional responsibilities include administrative and supervisory responsibilities with regard all functions of the District Attorney’s Office, including planning, development, and implementation of office policies and procedures. The Chief Assistant District Attorney functions as assistant department head, and is distinguished from the First Assistant District Attorney in the scope of responsibilities, which include management and oversight of all departmental matters and functions, in consultation with, and under general supervision of, the District Attorney. Supervision is exercised over all department personnel. Work requires the incumbent to be on call at nights and on weekends. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.
SUGGESTED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of duties, powers and limitations of the District Attorney’s Office; thorough knowledge of New York State substantive and procedural criminal law and court procedure; thorough knowledge of the organization, powers and limitations of county government; thorough knowledge of law enforcement and investigative techniques; thorough knowledge of prosecutorial ethics; thorough knowledge of County budgeting procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and training; ability to plan, direct and manage departmental office operations; ability to interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to new and difficult legal problems; ability to develop, direct and evaluate the implementation of departmental policies and procedures; ability to provide direction and act as a resource to legal and management staff; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ethical conduct in the practice of law; sound professional judgment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a license to practice law in the State of New York and other qualifications as the District Attorney may prescribe.
RESIDENCY NOTE: Pursuant to County Law §702.4 and §702.5 and Public Officers Law §3.55, if the holder of the Chief Assistant District Attorney office is designated by the District Attorney to assume the duties of the District Attorney upon the District Attorney’s absence from the County, or upon the District Attorney’s inability to perform his or her duties, Putnam County residency is required.
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