Chief Public Defender Investigator (#RL3033)
$40.13-$48.79 Hourly / $6,955.87-$8,456.93 Monthly / $83,470.40-$101,483.20 Yearly


Under direction performs responsible managerial and administrative work in managing the Investigation Division of the Public Defender's Office; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is a single position class in the Public Defender's Office. The incumbent plans, coordinates and supervises the investigative functions of the Public Defender's Office. Direction is received from the Public Defender and Assistant Public Defender.


  • Plans, organizes and directs the investigative activities of the Public Defender's Office through subordinate supervisory investigators; selects employees and recommends promotions, transfers, disciplinary actions and merit increases; supervises the training of investigative staff.
  • Confers and consults with the Public Defender in the formulation of investigative plans, policies and procedures; disseminate policy to staff.
  • Reviews and evaluates reports on cases investigated; ensures that reports are completed; advises the Public Defender as to course of action to be taken; may personally conduct the most complex and sensitive investigations; assists attorneys in court and in the presentation of evidence; testifies in court as required.
  • Coordinates the investigative activities of the Public Defender's Office with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; establishes liaison with other public agencies.
  • Directs the compilation and maintenance of division records, prepares reports, and correspondence, assists in division budget preparation.
  • Conducts or participates in meetings and conferences as a representative of the Public Defender's Office.
  • Participates in or supervises the administration of polygraph and/or stress evaluator examinations.

    Experience: Five years of criminal investigation in an investigative unit of a public agency, including one-year supervisory experience. 


    Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Administrative of Justice and/or related field; and three years of supervisory experience in the Administration of Justice field.


    License:  Possession of a valid California driver's license.


    Investigation techniques and procedures; rules of evidence, legal basis for complaints, and court procedures; applicable state, federal and local codes, laws and ordinances, including State Narcotic laws, Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, Probate Code and Welfare and Institutions Code; principles and practices of supervision and training; management principles and techniques.


    Plan, organize and direct the work of subordinates; train and supervise subordinates; maintain records; prepare, review and evaluate reports; express oneself clearly, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement officials, witnesses and the public; gather and evaluate facts and evidence; draw logical conclusions and take appropriate action; secure necessary information through interview and interrogation; act as witness in legal proceedings; carry out special and general assignments independently.


    Mobility-Operate a keyboard; sit for long periods; does frequent walking, bending, squatting, crawling, climbing stairs, ladders, and driving; Lifting-Able to lift 30-70 lbs.; Visual-Overall correctable 20/20 vision; Dexterity-Reaching, repetitive motion, and writing; Hearing/Talking-Hear on the telephone/radio; hear faint sounds; talk in person and telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Exposure to trauma, grief, death; public contact; decision making; concentration; working alone; working weekends/nights; working overtime.

    CLASS: RL3033; EST: 12/13/1978; REV: 9/18/1996;