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The Modoc County District Attorney’s Office invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Interim District Attorney. This is an elective County office. Elected County officials are regularly chosen by the people every four years unless otherwise provided in the Government Code. When a mid-term vacancy occurs in an elective County office, the Board of Supervisors must appoint a successor. This appointment does not change the term of office. The person appointed to fill this vacancy will hold the office for the unexpired term; i.e., until January , 2026, succeeding the next general election.

Salary: $100,000 Annual


District Attorney serves as the Public Prosecutor, assists victims and survivors of crime, protects the health and well-being of children while deterring juveniles from criminal activity, assists with investigators conducted by law enforcement and makes reasonable and ethical decisions when initiating prosecution. The District Attorney attends court and conducts prosecution for public offenses. Included in these public offenses are the prosecution of all felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile criminal offenses; certain civil offenses including consumer fraud and environmental crimes; and, the investigation of such offenses to be presented to the court in the interest of public protection. The Modoc County District Attorney manages a department consisting of approximately five (5) employees, of whom one (1) is an attorney.


To qualify for appointment to the office of District Attorney, the appointee must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of California, a registered voter within 30 days of appointment, and admitted to practice in the California Supreme Court. These requirements may not be waived.

It is desirable that candidates be experienced in the practice of criminal law, have demonstrated organization and management ability, and possess strong interpersonal communication skills.


Prior to the date of hire, Applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/ or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications, and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process and a state summary criminal history report [Penal Code Section 11105(b)(11)] may be requested by the county for employment certification purposes.


Although there are variations in every county, a typical District Attorney’s Office includes:

Municipal Court Operations — Prosecutes all misdemeanors and presents preliminary felony hearings in Municipal Courts.

Superior Court Operations — Presents all felony cases in Superior Court, including legal motions, writs, and appeals, extraditions, and Grand Jury matters.

Family Support Operations — Provides civil and criminal prosecution of family support violations, welfare fraud, and child abduction. Family support policies and procedures are largely regulated by the State and
Federal governments, and the program’s expenses can be almost always fully reimbursed to counties by those entities through direct payments and incentive (ie; counties receive financial incentives for
aggressively enforcing child support).

Investigation — Provides initial investigation and assistance in trial preparation through the investigation of criminal acts.

Administrative Services — Provides budget, purchasing, space planning, personnel services, payroll, clerical support, and data services functions to the DA.

In Modoc County the civil (non-prosecutorial) functions are handled by County Counsel.


Applications may be obtained from and returned to:

204 South Court Street, Room 100
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone: (530)-233-7660

Application packet should include:

  • A Cover Letter
  • A signed and completed Modoc County employment application
  • Resume
  • 3-5 References

Scanned and completed application packets may be emailed to:

*Submitting an incomplete packet may result in disqualification of your application.

Modoc County is an EOE.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Master's
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check