County Attorney 1 – Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

01/13/2017 11:22 AM | Anonymous

County Attorney 1 – Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

Misdemeanor Division

SALARY: $62,688 annually

Full-time 35 hours per week with benefits

CLOSING DATE: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., January 20th


The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, located in downtown Tacoma, is the largest law firm in the county, employing approximately 217 staff including a large number of Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys. Pierce County, which includes Tacoma, has a population of 813,600 and growing. The office has three divisions: the Criminal Division, which is responsible for prosecuting all felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile criminal cases; the Civil Division, which is responsible for providing legal counsel to County officials and representing the County’s interest in court; and the Family Support Division, which is an integral part of the State child support system.


This position performs professional level work in the legal field as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Misdemeanor Division, handling all aspects of District Court criminal practice, from arraignments and pre-trial conferences, to trials and post-conviction hearings. This is an entry-level position. Duties are performed with professional discretion and within office guidelines, professional ethics and standards, and legal requirements. This is an exempt, at-will, temporary position.


  • Represents the State of Washington, in Pierce County District Court, in all criminal cases from arraignment and pre-trial conferences, to trial and post-conviction hearings.
  • Independently manages a substantial caseload.
  • Prepares witnesses and strategy for trial.
  • Advises law enforcement personnel during the course of criminal investigations. Conducts case review and provides feedback to law enforcement officers on legal issues impacting admissibility of evidence.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Just as important as the ability to perform the essential functions of the position are the following core competencies and characteristics:

  • The desire and ability to uphold the mission and core values of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office as outlined below.
  • The ability to interact in a positive and engaging manner with colleagues and members of the community, treating every contact as a valued individual contributing to inclusiveness in the work environment and embracing and promoting diversity;
  • Exceptional interpersonal ability coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to build partnerships and promote teamwork;
  • A professional image and positive, approachable demeanor;
  • A commitment to teamwork and helping others achieve goals;
  • The ability to multi-task and handle numerous responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;
  • Creativity and open-mindedness;
  • Strong learning acumen;
  • Ability to type on a personal computer at an acceptable level of proficiency for independent production of work product and operate standard office machines and software.

Mission Statement:

Pursuing Justice. Representing the People. Serving Our Community.

Core Values:

Justice: We vigorously protect the rights of the people of Pierce County and hold offenders accountable. We support crime victims and their families.

Excellence: We maintain the highest standards of personal and professional performance in service to the community.

Teamwork: We work respectfully with each other, all members of the justice system, and the community to promote the public good.

Accountability: We believe in open government and accept responsibility for the decisions we make. We are fiscally sound, innovative, and operationally efficient.

Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in carrying out our responsibilities.

Respect: We treat our co-workers and all members of the community professionally, fairly and with dignity.


U.S. Citizenship (RCW 36.27.010, RCW 36.27.040, and RCW 29), admission to the practice of law as an attorney in the State of Washington (RCW 36.27.010), and the ability to successfully complete and pass a thorough background investigation and interview is required. A valid Washington State driver’s license is also required.


To be considered for this position, please submit resume, letter detailing relevant experience and list of references via email to Lisa Hilligoss, Human Resources Manager, at

This is a competitive selection process. Your materials will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed above. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the needs of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.

Pierce County will provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities during the selection process, if requested. Please notify the Human Resources Department at (253) 798-7480 of the accommodation needed, preferably at the time of application, but at least two days prior to the date needed.

It is the policy of Pierce County that no person shall be subjected to employment discrimination because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

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