The salary of a successful candidate is based on the candidate’s expertise and experience.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 2024-00209
Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison is seeking a motivated leader to be the next Criminal Division Chief, overseeing over 90 prosecutors and professional staff responsible for 10,000 misdemeanor case referrals per year. The Criminal Division Chief will work closely with the City Attorney and key public safety partners to address Seattle’s significant public safety challenges.
The Criminal Division Chief is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Criminal Division, providing legal and prosecutorial direction to the office, and overseeing budget and employment matters. Along with the City Attorney, the Criminal Division Chief will work collaboratively with community stakeholders as well as public safety partners, including the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Municipal Court, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and Seattle City Council.
The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated the ability to successfully:
Manage the Division while inspiring the best performance from employees.
Articulate a systems-level view of how to improve the municipal criminal justice system.
Help with advocating to stakeholders and partners on how to tackle our most significant public safety challenges.
With more than 200 attorneys and professional staff, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law offices in Seattle and is the third largest public law office in the State of Washington. Our office is committed to making Seattle a safe, healthy, and thriving community for everyone. We strive to pursue justice in Seattle with integrity and fairness.
Manage the work of the Criminal Division of the City Attorney’s Office:
Manage Criminal Division organization and resources in order to best address public safety priorities of Seattle.
Develop and implement case filing and disposition guidelines and policies.
Supervise unit managers and lead attorneys.
Oversee projects and cases that require immediate senior-level decision-making.
Make hiring recommendations to the City Attorney.
Manage and coordinate negotiations with the labor management union membership.
Policy, fiscal, and technology management:
Lead development of policies and procedures which impact how misdemeanors are managed and processed by the Criminal Division.
Manage and monitor the Criminal Division’s budget and work in conjunction with the Executive team and Finance Manager during the City’s annual budget process.
Oversee implementation of new case management system.
Engage with City departments and public safety partners:
Collaborate with Seattle Municipal Court, Court Probation Services, Seattle Police Department, and defense agencies to support the functionality of the municipal criminal justice system.
Represent the Criminal Division in cross-agency efforts, workgroups, and committees/meetings involving issues related to public safety.
Licensed to practice in the state of Washington, active member and in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association
Minimum of 10 years of criminal prosecution and recognized for a high-level of expertise in misdemeanor prosecution including DV, DUI, and trial practice.
Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise a diverse staff.
Proven ability to work collaboratively with elected officials, public administrators, law enforcement officers, and community stakeholders.
Must possess qualities of fairness, a strong work ethic, and integrity.
With more than 200 attorneys and professional staff, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law offices in Seattle and is the third largest public law office in the state. Our office is committed to making Seattle a safe, healthy, empowered and thriving community for everyone. We strive to address historical injustices within the court system with self-examination and to pursue justice in Seattle with integrity, creativity, and fairness. We believe working transparently, innovatively, and in collaboration with our partners in the community is necessary to achieve outcomes that promote equity, accountability, and healing.