Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator

US Government, Health and Human Services Agency

The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one (1) regular, full-time position in the class of Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator at the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). This position does not offer a telecommuting option.

The Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator position within the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is a management-level position overseeing the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU Chief is directly responsible for supporting and managing the activities of investigators assigned to investigate suspected welfare fraud cases of public assistance programs housed primarily within the Services Centers branch of HHSA. This position will also be responsible for taking on a lead role in the agency’s security efforts.

The ideal candidate for this position must be a positive, well-organized, self-starter and must be able to exercise independent judgment in the supervision of staff. The ideal candidate must have great communication skills, strong attention to detail, ability to handle and manage multiple priorities, must be able to lead a team of both sworn and non-sworn personnel, and must be a team player who leads by example. The ideal candidate should have experience working with sensitive and complex investigations, advanced interview and interrogation skills, and should be familiar with public assistance laws and regulations. The ideal candidate will exercise sound judgment in dealing with confidential client and law enforcement sensitive information and will be required to keep such information guarded.  The ideal candidate should be proficient in writing detailed investigative reports and should have experience with the process and legal requirements for writing and obtaining search warrants.

This is a continuous recruitment and will remain open until filled. Submitted applications will be reviewed on a regular basis. The applications of qualified individuals will be forwarded to the hiring manager for additional consideration.   


Under general direction, plans and manages the activities and personnel supporting and performing investigative work related to cases of suspected welfare fraud and violations of public assistance laws and regulations; conducts skilled, difficult, and sensitive investigations; develops, interprets, implements, and evaluates programmatic/operational improvements, policies, and procedures for the Special Investigation Unit; serves as the Health and Human Services Agency’s Safety and Security Coordinator; and ensures compliance with Federal and State welfare regulatory and statutory authority.


The Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator is a single-position management sworn peace officer classification responsible for the activities and operations at the Special Investigation Unit of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). The incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment and discretion in staff supervision and delegated administration including the prioritization and coordination of HHSA mandates, goals, and objectives. The incumbent, as needed, conducts the most sensitive and complex public assistance fraud investigations, oversees HHSA safety and security, and has administrative responsibilities for formulating policies and procedures associated with welfare fraud prevention, detection, and resolution. The incumbent receives direction from the Service Center Branch Director or Deputy Branch Director. The Chief Welfare Fraud Investigator is distinguished from the Welfare Fraud Investigator II in that the latter is the journey level class responsible for performing investigative work. The Welfare Fraud Investigator class series is distinguished from other investigative classes in that positions in the former class series are designated to be specialized peace officers pursuant to the California Penal Code Section 830.35 (a) for the purposes of welfare fraud investigation.

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