Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator

US Government, Human Services Department (HSD)

The Sonoma County Human Services Department (HSD) seeks an experienced professional who possesses strong leadership, criminal justice, and investigative skills to join the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) as their next Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator!

Starting salary up to $71.12/hour ($148,435/year) plus a competitive total compensation package!*   

The Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator reports to the Assistant Director of Human Services and is responsible for the management and oversight of the department’s Special Investigations Unit, including maintaining the unit’s budget, ensuring adequate staffing levels, managing unit personnel, overseeing ongoing training needs, and confirming program compliance with SIU policies and procedures. The Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator will work closely with several SIU staff, including the Senior Welfare Fraud Investigator, a Program Development Manager, a Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst, and a Senior Office Assistant, among others. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing fraud investigations within HSD and assisting on complex cases
  • Collecting and disseminating data and submitting reports 
  • Meeting with SIU managers and supervisors to update them on programs and regulations affecting issuances and over payments
  • Ensuring all staff have completed the appropriate POST Training requirements
  • Consulting on investigator cases with the team, the District Attorney’s office, and other jurisdiction entities
  • Ensuring alignment with frequently shifting state and federal program requirements and guidelines

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong investigative and case preparation skills
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system, Human Services programs and clientele, and the social factors underlying criminal behavior
  • Strong leadership, supervisory, problem solving, and budgeting skills 
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality and effective working relationships with state and county staff, law enforcement officials, and the general public
  • Strong public speaking skills with the ability to prepare and present trainings
  • An understanding of cultural diversity and sensitivity using a lens of equity
  • Excellent customer service, relationship building, and communication skills
  • Microsoft Office skills and the ability to learn new computer software systems related to public assistance programs
  • A high level of integrity and professionalism with the ability to handle crisis situations effectively, including emergencies in the field
  • Per California Penal Code Section 830.35, the Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator is authorized to carry a firearm

About the Human Services Department (HSD)
HSD fosters a positive work environment, where our commitment to providing opportunities for advancement is strengthened by a robust staff development program. We believe in the merits of work/life balance and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that our work contributes to the betterment of our community.
As the largest agency in Sonoma County government, our mission is to protect vulnerable children and adults, and to promote maximum independence and well-being for individuals and families. HSD is responsible for child and adult protective services, veteran services, and administration of state and federal programs, including CalFRESH, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services. The department is dedicated to providing high-quality, client-focused, cost-effective services and values the diversity, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and accountability of all staff in accomplishing the mission of the department.
The Department works collaboratively at the federal, state, and local levels to find creative solutions to support the well-being of individuals, families, and the community. To meet that goal, the department has fostered strong relationships with other public and private sector partners, including other government agencies, community-based organizations, and business leaders. For more information regarding HSD’s services please visit

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing your contributions work to better our shared community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Hybrid Telework – A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Salary Advancement – A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Paid Time Off – Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions – 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay – Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,000 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement – County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement – A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave – May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment
  • Student Loan Debt Relief – County employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the U.S. Department of Education

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator position with the Human Services Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

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