Senior Investigator (in-training option)

US Government, Office of Independent Investigations

Note: This recruitment will remain open until we fill the position. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision at any time, which is why it’s in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

What this job is about:
The Senior Investigator will be an integral and collaborative member of a diverse investigation team that conducts complex high-profile investigations. In this role, you will investigate police use of deadly force incidents using a fair, thorough, transparent, and competent approach.

This recruitment includes an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal in-training plan; therefore, it may be filled at the Investigator or Senior Investigator level depending on experience.
What is OII?
The Washington State Legislature recently passed House Bill 1267 to create the Office of Independent Investigations. This is in response to the demand for change from the community over citizen deaths resulting from encounters with law enforcement. The law requires these use of force investigations to be truly independent of the involved law enforcement agency.

OII will define a new approach to investigating use of force incidents, removing conflicts of interest and improving accountability, transparency and the public’s confidence.  Doing so will strengthen the relationship between police and the community while building public trust and promoting effective policing.

 What you’ll do: 

  • Conduct fair, thorough, transparent and competent investigations of police use of deadly force. 
  • Respond to the scene of police-involved shootings that result in death or serious bodily injury. 
  • Manage, organize, document, and complete a case load of investigative assignments.
  • Mentor the Investigator (in-training) position. 
  • Identify, collect, and preserve evidence. 
  • Organize and analyze case facts and evidence to determine the investigation’s course while using appropriate investigation methods and procedures. 
  • Objectively analyze, focus, resolve and report on relevant investigation issues. 
  • Protect confidentiality of Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) and complete all training required regarding criminal investigations. 
  • Conduct in-person interviews with claimants, employers, witnesses, and others relevant to the investigation. You will gather and record statements of fact, depositions, confessions, and other information pertinent to the investigation, including interviews of an adversarial nature.
  • Participate in trainings to stay current on processes, procedures, and certifications. 
  • Coordinate with deputy prosecutors, assistant attorney general, local, state, and federal law enforcement, stakeholders, and other staff regarding investigations and work-related matters. 
  • Testify in court, and legal or administrative hearings when needed. 
  • Respond 24/7 to statewide incidents as part of our on-call team. 

Senior Investigator Required Qualifications (Annual Salary Range: $60,714 – $97,142):

  • Five years’ experience as an investigator with a criminal justice government agency, private organization or other directly related field. 
  • Extensive experience with major crimes investigations, including homicide investigations. 
  • Knowledge of Washington practices, including laws, policies, and procedures related to criminal law, criminal investigations, and policing. If you have significant knowledge of comparable practices outside of Washington, we might use it to substitute this requirement.
  • Experience using data and information to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form conclusions and make decisions.
  • Experience managing multiple cases at once and prioritize ongoing, multiple, long-term case assignments while integrating many factors into case decisions and delivering accurate, high-quality service. 
  • Know the rules of evidence/chain of custody necessary to protect the integrity of evidence that law enforcement gathers during an investigation.
  • Knowledge of police oversight and importance of training to understand the impact and effect of racism in the investigation, and know how to use an antiracist lens to conduct independent investigations work.

Senior Investigator Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years’ experience conducting homicide investigations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and experience working in quasi-judicial and judicial environments. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to investigation and enforcement, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, or similar field. 
  • Forensic investigations or crime scene investigations experience.
  • Experience as an analyst including social media analysis, or relevant investigations experience. 
  • The director shall consider the relevant experience and qualifications of the candidate including the extent to which they demonstrate experience or understanding of the following areas:
    • Behavioral health issues.
    • Youth cognitive development.
    • Trauma-informed interviewing. 
    • De-escalation techniques and utilization. 

Investigator (In-training option) Required Qualifications (Annual Salary Range: $55,650 – $89,039):

  • Five years’ experience as an investigator in any field.*
  • Experience using data and information to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form conclusions and make decisions.
  • Experience managing cases and prioritizing ongoing, multiple, long-term case assignments while integrating many factors into case decisions and delivering accurate, high-quality service.
*Education in investigation and enforcement, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, or closely related field may substitute, year-for-year, for up to three years of investigative experience.

Conditions of Employment:

  • On Aug. 9, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14 that requires all employees of executive cabinet agencies to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Your vaccination status will be verified at New Employee Onboarding. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.


  • Before you can be hired, you must successfully complete a background check.


  • Must be able to respond 24/7 state-wide as required as part of an on-call team. Ability to work on-call duty for two-week periods. 


  • Must be able to successfully complete required Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLEA) and the in-training program provided to candidates to ensure the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities are obtained. 

  • Safely operate a state assigned vehicle to conduct field work.

Application Process
How to Apply
Interested? We would love to hear from you. Click “Apply” at the top of this page to start your application (you can save the application and come back to it, if needed). Please include the following:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your specific qualifications, and elaborate on any experience or knowledge of the following:
    • Behavioral health issues.
    • Youth cognitive development.
    • Trauma-informed interviewing.
    • De-escalation techniques and utilization. 
  1. A current resume that details your applicable experience and education.
  2. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

We will directly contact the top candidates to interview for this position. Because we base our selection on the information you provide, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the required and desirable qualifications we described above.
For questions about this recruitment or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email William Penzo at or call him at (360) 791-3716. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
The Office of the Governor is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodations or help in the application process, or who wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, you may call 360-725-0158 or dial 711 to reach the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf system.

Special Note: This position is exempt from civil service rules. 
For more information, please see WAC 357-19-195.