The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut.

DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CHIEF STATE’S ATTORNEY

VR-99 $177,822.00 Annually / $7,409.25 Bi-Monthly

Pursuant to Article XXIII of the Connecticut Constitution, the Chief State’s Attorney shall be the administrative head of the Division of Criminal Justice, and with the thirteen State’s Attorneys, shall be in charge of the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters within the State of Connecticut.    

The Chief State's Attorney, with the thirteen State’s Attorneys, shall administer, direct, supervise, coordinate and control the operations, activities and programs of the Division as it shall apply to the Superior Court. 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Establish such bureaus, divisions, facilities and offices, including an appellate unit, a racketeering and continuing criminal activities unit and a bond forfeiture unit, and select such professional, technical and other personnel, including chief inspectors, as he deems reasonably necessary for the efficient operation and discharge of the duties of the Division, subject to the personnel policies and compensation plan established by the Department of Administrative Services;
  • Adopt and enforce rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this chapter [Chapter 886 of the General Statutes];
  • Establish guidelines, policies and procedures for the internal operation and administration of the Division which shall be binding on all Division personnel;
  • Enter into contracts with consultants and such other persons as are necessary for the proper functioning of the office;
  • Engage in long-range planning and review policy and legislation concerning the administration of criminal justice in the state and recommend needed changes and additions thereto;
  • Collect statistical data concerning administration of criminal justice in the state and furnish the data to the appropriate committee of the General Assembly;
  • Conduct research and evaluate programs within his office;
  • Establish staff development, training and education programs designed to improve the quality of the Division's services and programs;
  • Coordinate the activities of the Division with those of such other state, municipal, regional, federal and private agencies as are concerned with the administration of criminal justice;
  • Be authorized to receive and administer funds from the federal government or any charitable foundation to assist in the operations of the Division;
  • Supervise, approve and issue all orders concerning all purchases of commodities, equipment and services for the Division of Criminal Justice;
  • Supervise the administrative methods and systems employed in the Division of Criminal Justice;
  • Submit to the Department of Administrative Services for its approval a compensation plan for all employees of the Division, which plan may include sick leave, vacation leave, absences without pay, longevity payments, increments and all other matters regarding personnel policies and procedures;
  • Establish with the approval of the Department of Administrative Services such job classifications as he deems necessary for the operation of the Division;
  • Audit bills to be paid from state appropriations for the expenses of the Division of Criminal Justice;
  • Maintain adequate accounting and budgetary records for all appropriations by the state for the maintenance of the Division of Criminal Justice and all other appropriations assigned by the legislature or state budgetary control offices for administration by the Division of Criminal Justice;
  • Serve as payroll officer for the Division of Criminal Justice;
  • Prepares merit and performance evaluations for the State’s Attorneys for submission to the Criminal Justice Committee at the time of each State’s Attorney’s re-appointment; and;
  • Fulfills a leadership role working in conjunction with the State's Attorneys to inform and educate the public about the Division of Criminal Justice and its constitutional responsibility for the pursuit of justice and the effective investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut; and
  • Have such other powers and duties as are reasonably necessary to administer the Division and implement the purposes of this chapter (see disclaimer).

JOB KNOWLEDGE

Operations and Administration:

  • Considerable leadership skills and experience
  • Considerable knowledge and ability to apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and the rules of evidence
  • Considerable knowledge of effective courtroom presentation techniques and procedures
  • Understanding and ability to apply the principles and practices of supervision and training
  • Understanding and ability to apply the principles and practices of organization and management
  • Knowledge of the legislative process
  • Knowledge of governmental organization and functional responsibilities
  • Knowledge of procedures for governmental programming and budgeting
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role and function of the state, local, federal and other law enforcement agencies in Connecticut.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Three (3) years of experience practicing law. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.   

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Residency in the State of Connecticut is required at the time of appointment.

The Chief State’s Attorney shall devote his/her full time to the duties of his/her Office.  He/she may not otherwise engage in the practice of law and may not be a partner, member or associate of a law firm.

DISCLAIMER

This job description is not intended to be an inclusive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may be added or changed at any given time with or without notice.

EFFECTIVE DATE

09/30/2019