Performs highly responsible and professional administrative work in planning and organizing the activities of the Prosecutor’s office of the Lebanon Police Department (LPD), in the preparation and presentation of cases in District Court and researching legal authority and precedent to assist the administration of the Police Department.
The 2023 weekly salary range is $1,601.12 to $2,161.47 and is enhanced by a comprehensive, flexible spending benefits package that includes: health insurance with an employer paid HSA contribution toward deductible ($2,000 single coverage and $4,500 for 2-person/family coverage), paid vacation, sick, 12 weeks parental leave and personal days; dependent care FSA fully funded by City to maximum amount allowed of $5,000, city paid dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability; life insurance, enrollment in the New Hampshire Retirement System and other flexible benefit options!
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
|Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
- Thorough knowledge of the NH Revised Statutes Annotated; State and Federal Supreme Court decisions; juvenile law and proceedings; municipal law and government; and City Ordinances.
- Thorough knowledge of Department Rules and Regulations; thorough knowledge of the methods and practices of criminal prosecution to include investigative and arrest procedures, rules of evidence and other pertinent legal and court procedure.
- Ability to analyze complex police problems relating to prosecutions.
- Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of assigned subordinates to successfully complete duties leading to a successful prosecution; ability to instruct and train personnel.
- Ability to write and speak effectively. Ability to deal with the public firmly, courteously and to establish working relationships with the public, news media, court and city officials, attorneys and others contacted during work.
- Ability to prepare, recognize and successfully challenge defense arguments put forth by defendants and defense counsel.
- Ability to effectively analyze court decisions and make recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding the department’s operating procedures. Ability to effectively balance competing demands and a large case load.
- Excellent research, organization, and presentation skills, Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- Exercises discretion and judgment in the assessment and prosecution of cases. Maintains positive working relationships with City employees, the City Council and the public.
- Proficient in the use of personal computers and other office equipment (e.g., fax, telephone).
|The essential functions, or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
- Prosecutes LPD cases in the 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon Division, or other courts should a change of venue or similar situation arise, such as, misdemeanors, violations and juvenile matters.
- Appears in 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon Division or other court or tribunals as required for LPD proceedings including but not limited to trials, plea and sentence hearings, motion hearings, arraignments, bail review or revocation hearings, and juvenile and delinquency proceedings.
- Appears before the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles for Administrative License Suspension hearings representing the LPD.
- Appears before the Grand Jury, if necessary, for presentation of any LPD cases.
- Reviews all investigation materials in each criminal case to ensure that all witnesses have been interviewed, all evidence and documents have been collected and documented, and all necessary certified motor vehicle and criminal records have been obtained.
- Ensures that all necessary witnesses are properly notified and available to appear at all scheduled court proceedings and that all the necessary evidence is available for the hearing.
- Ensures criminal complaints are properly drafted and reviewed prior to filing with the Court.
- Responds to requests for discovery made by defense counsel.
- Prepares search warrants and extradition papers as required.
- Researches, prepares, drafts, files and argues pretrial motions, objections, and memorandums of law.
- Manages plea negotiations to conclusion.
- Notifies all interested parties of final dispositions.
- Provides all other necessary support to assist members of the LPD in the preparation and prosecution of all criminal matters.
- Provides on-call assistance for legal advice in all criminal investigations, potentially during off-work and weekend hours.
- Provides legal consultation, advice and direction to the Police Chief and Deputy Police Chief.
- Maintains New Hampshire law license in good standing; satisfies all continuing education requirements.
- Maintains current knowledge of the applicable areas of law.
- Manages subordinates, including assigning and evaluating work and processing/authorizing personnel actions (e.g., performance reviews, salary increases, disciplinary actions).
- Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications
|Education, Training and Experience –
- Juris Doctor (JD) degree; State of New Hampshire law license; member in good standing of the NH Bar Association.
- One (1) to three (3) years of experience in criminal prosecution; three (3) to five (5) years of experience in criminal prosecution preferred.
Other combinations of education and experience that qualify an individual to perform the requisite job duties and responsibilities may be considered.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate office equipment; pick up paper, files and other common office objects. Ability to view computer screens and work with details for extended periods of time. Must occasionally move or lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally. Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.
- Work is generally performed under typical office and court room conditions. Must be available to provide any required assistance to the LPD during off-work (e.g., evening) and weekend hours. Work involves managing and successfully meeting multiple priorities and competing demands and deadlines daily.Incumbent travels to other Circuit Courts or Bureaus to represent LPD as required.
- Operates a computer and general office equipment. Makes frequent contact with the public, human service organizations, community groups, other city officials and departments, and the media. Contact is made by telephone, in person and in writing.
- Has access to extensive confidential information, such as personnel records, criminal investigation records, law suits, and personal information about citizens.
- Errors could have legal and/or financial repercussions, cause confusion and delay of service, and result in adverse public relations.
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