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City of Missoula, MT Deputy City Attorney - Prosecutor in Missoula, Montana

Deputy City Attorney - Prosecutor

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Deputy City Attorney - Prosecutor


$89,190.40 - $103,708.80 Annually


Missoula, Montana

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Regular, Full-Time

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The City of Missoula Attorney’s Office prosecutes misdemeanor offenses and municipal code violations committed in the City of Missoula. The Attorney’s Office uses an entirely paperless case management system.

The Deputy City Attorney will provide a full range of legal services related to municipal government prosecution operations and represent the City in criminal proceedings and limited civil proceedings before the courts. Duties require a high degree of independence and initiative to maintain a significant case load and address complex legal issues.

Experience is preferred, but the City will consider applicants without experience. An applicant must be able to be licensed to practice law within 90 days of the date of hire.

Details: Priority s creening will begin onMonday, July 29, 2024. It is in your best interest to apply by this date. Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

To Apply: All applicants must submit the C ity of Missoula application AND aCover Letter that shares why you are interested in this position and how your past experience makes you a competitive applicant.

Failure to attach the cover letter will result in your application being incomplete, and therefore, not reviewed by the hiring manager.

Resumes will not be reviewed. All details should be entered on the application.

** The posted wage range is the starting wage range only. The full range for the position is $42.88 - $52.85/hour and will increase each year for longevity and cost of living adjustments.

Essential Functions

  • Prosecute Missoula Municipal Code violations, and misdemeanor criminal violations in Missoula Municipal Court, including domestic violence cases, assault, sexual assault, DUIs, property crimes, etc.

  • Prepare all cases for trial, including providing all discovery pursuant to Montana State Law, reviewing discovery, meeting with victims, interviewing witnesses and preparing all witnesses for trial.

  • Develop plea agreements and engage in appropriate plea negotiations.

  • Litigate cases in jury trials and bench trials in Municipal Court.

  • Prepare for and attend all pretrial court proceedings.

  • Monitor suspended sentences and petition the court to revoke suspended sentences.

  • Attend district court civil implied consent refusal hearings.

  • Research and write legal memoranda, motions, and briefs on criminal law.

  • Prepare legal pleadings, and other court documents.

  • Provide feedback and training to law enforcement officers.

  • Track legislative changes and provide legal advice regarding changes to Montana State law and Missoula Municipal Code.

  • Provide verbal and written legal advice to City departments, and assist civil attorneys, as required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to municipal operations, including Montana Code Annotated, Missoula Municipal Code, Administrative Rules of Montana, and uniform technical codes adopted by the City.

  • Knowledge of criminal and civil legal practices and procedures, conducting legal research, preparing court documents, pleadings, motions, and municipal ordinances.

  • Knowledge of the rules of evidence.

  • Skill in preparing cases for trial, negotiating plea agreements and litigating cases.

  • Skill in using an electronic case management system.

  • Skill in operating office equipment, using various computer software and databases, including Microsoft 365, and the ability to learn job-specific applications and equipment.

  • Skill in negotiating and communicating, in person and writing, with the proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with diverse individuals.

  • Ability to problem-solve and resolve conflict, facilitating positive outcomes while maintaining a calm demeanor.

  • Ability to learn City and departmental policies, procedures, and practices.

Qualifications and Additional Application Materials

  • Must have a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.

  • Must be licensed to practice law, have a membership, in good standing, in at least one jurisdiction within the United States, and/or have the ability to obtain a license to practice law in Montana within 90 days of hire.

  • Must pass a fingerprint criminal history background check.

This summary outlines the benefit programs; actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Missoula will reward your contributions to our community with competitive compensation and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Market-Competitive Salary

  • Work/life balance, including the possibility of flexible schedules and remote work opportunities

  • $0 premium for health and dental coverage for employees and affordable premiums for family coverage

  • $10,000 Employer-sponsored Accidental Death and Dismemberment Life Insurance Policy

  • Options for supplemental life, disability, critical illness, and accident

  • Constitutionally guaranteed retirement plan ( with the City contributing 8.77% of salary on your behalf and the ability to contribute to a supplemental deferred compensation program

  • Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

  • Pre-tax flexible spending accounts

  • The City of Missoula may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Look here ( to learn more and understand whether you may be eligible.

Additional benefits package information is available here ( .


Do you have any specialized training or prosecution experience working with victims of domestic violence, relationship violence or sexual assault? if so, please explain.


Do you have any specialized training or prosecution experience with driving under the influence (DUI) offenses? If so, please explain.


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City of Missoula


435 Ryman Street

Human Resources

Missoula, Montana, 59802





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