The City of Topeka seeks a public service-minded attorney to become its next Chief of Prosecution. The individual selected for this position will serve as the chief prosecutor for the City of Topeka and will report directly to the City Attorney. Salary range: DOQ.
Position is open until filled and may be closed at any time based on qualified applications received.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION
The Chief of Prosecution is responsible for:
- Prosecuting misdemeanor, traffic and code enforcement cases in the City of Topeka Municipal Court.
- Handling appeals of criminal cases to District and Appellate Courts, including the Kansas Supreme Court.
- Researching and analyzing applicable law and preparing legal opinions and other documents based upon findings.
- Reviewing citations submitted and making determinations related to the appropriate charges to be filed.
- Drafting pleadings and other related legal documents.
- Providing legal counsel and advice to the City’s elected officials and/or employees that relate to or touch upon criminal matters.
- Performing a wide range of administrative duties, including the supervision of multiple prosecutors and support staff, with the ability to ensure accountability for performance and behavior.
- Representing the City in proceedings before administrative boards and agencies.
- Responding to complaints from the public regarding alleged violations of ordinances and misdemeanor laws and, on occasion, mediating disagreements.
- Drafting and/or reviewing ordinances and resolutions that relate to or touch upon criminal matters prior to presentation to the Governing Body.
- Reviewing and providing input on opinions and documents drafted by other staff that relate to or touch upon criminal matters.
- Assuming the primary legal responsibility for major projects, as assigned.
The Chief of Prosecution must be able to complete tasks in an accurate, efficient and organized manner, being cognizant of deadlines and other time constraints. He or she must also be able to work effectively with the public, exercising compassion, patience and understanding.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in criminal law.
- Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
- Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
- Licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas; or ability to promptly obtain such license.
- Additional licenses or certifications, as may be required.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in criminal law; preferably as a prosecutor.
- Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.
- Experience working with governmental entities.
The City of Topeka offers a comprehensive benefits package, including
- Health/Dental Insurance
- Kansas Public Employee Retirement System which totals over 315,000 active, inactive and retired members and manages approximately $20 billion in assets for KPERS members' benefits.
- Generous paid vacation leave and separate paid sick leave, and one additional paid personal leave day each year.
- Paid Life/Long Term Disability Insurance
- (457) Deferred Comp Savings Plan
- Short-Term Disability Insurance
- Free Onsite Health & Wellness Clinic
- Free in-house Wellness Center, a full service fitness facility
- Free Parking
- Employee Assistance Program.
The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer.