Chief Deputy City Attorney (Criminal Division, Special Prosecutions Unit)

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The Criminal Division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office is seeking applications from attorneys who are interested in a position as a Chief Deputy in the Special Prosecutions Unit. Attorneys who possess the knowledge and experience required may be interviewed upon request. The Chief Deputy will report directly to Criminal Division’s Assistant City Attorney John Hemmerling.

The Special Prosecutions Unit was created in 2015 to vertically prosecute complex criminal cases, which are handled from arraignment to sentencing by experienced prosecutors in the Office.

The Chief of Special Prosecutions provides leadership and supervision to a unit directly responsible for:

  • Prosecuting cases involving charges of vehicular manslaughter;
  • Restricting firearm possession by dangerous individuals through criminal convictions;
  • Protecting victims by identifying, charging, and successfully prosecuting crimes of bias as well as striving to ensure that victims of hate crimes receive just compensation;
  • Criminally investigating and prosecuting individuals committing elder abuse by mismanaging Independent Living Facilities (ILF) and Unlicensed/Licensed Residential Care Facilities (RCF) to the detriment of elder and dependent adult residents;
  • Specializing in the criminal prosecution of unlawful marijuana dispensaries which operate in violation of the San Diego Municipal Code, including asset forfeiture where appropriate; and
  • Handling many cases which garner media attention when the conduct impacts public safety, such as incidents related to protests, violent demonstrations, or reckless thrill seekers.

The Chief of Special Prosecutions is also responsible for serving as Brady Index Coordinator. This position requires a strong alignment with the mission, values, vision, and strategic priorities of the City Attorney’s Office and reports directly to Assistant City Attorney John Hemmerling.

To Apply:
To learn more about the position, please visit the San Diego City Attorney’s Office Career Page.

Date Posted: November 22, 2021



City employees may be eligible to participate in a benefit program including holidays, vacations, savings and retirement plans, health programs, and other benefits.

Eligible City employees initially hired or assuming office on or after July 10, 2021, with the exception of Police Recruits participating in the City’s Police Academy, will participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS).

Benefits may change due to employer-employee contract negotiations. To learn more about employee benefits, please check the City’s Risk Management Department website or review the Benefits Summary for Unclassified Employees.


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