Public Defender Investigator II-22576507

US Government, Public Defender

Are you looking to take the next step in your career?
If yes, the Public Defender is seeking candidates for 

Public Defender Investigator II
Future Salary Increases
 ** July 2023 – 7.38% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 4.63% Market Increase)
 ** July 2024 – 7.38% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 4.63% Market Increase)  
This is a series recruitment that will close on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Per County rules: This position is eligible for appointment at step 1,$76,460.80, Annually.  County employees are subject to the County Promotion Rule for Step Placement in Accordance with Comp Ordinance 1.3.5.

The Public Defender Investigator II is responsible for criminal defense investigations of alleged violations of criminal laws to support the defense of persons represented by the Public Defender.


The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below. 

  • Job Offer and Background Process begins shortly after the interviews conclude.
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results.
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date 


If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.

  1. College level course work equivalent to an associate’s degree (60 semester units) from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in criminal justice, political science, sociology, or a related field, AND, three (3) years of paid experience performing criminal investigative duties in a private investigative, law enforcement, public defender or other investigative agency; OR
  2. Two years (2) of experience as a Public Defender Investigator I in the County of San Diego Department of the Public Defender.

Note: Oral and written Spanish/English bilingual fluency, and competent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, keyboarding and the internet, are highly desirable. 

To review the complete job description, including minimum qualifications, examples of duties, working conditions, etc. please click here.

The Department of Human Resources will remove personally identifiable information from all new recruitments.  This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, will hide a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age, and race. This process will help contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire. 


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment.  Current County employees may be excluded from this process.  


The names of qualified candidates will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment application and supplemental questionnaire.  Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.   

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