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Chief Investigator

The primary role of the Chief Investigator is to plan, organize and direct the Investigations Division of the Nashville Defender’s Office.  Typical responsibilities include overseeing, supervising, and conducting professional investigative work to support the representation of indigent clients in Metro Nashville Davidson County. The Chief Investigator provides support and resources to the Chief Public Defender and Assistant Public Defenders prior to, during and after misdemeanor, felony and juvenile criminal cases.  This position has the responsibility for managing the entire investigative staff of the Nashville Defender’s Office.  The Chief Investigator will also be responsible for management and oversight, but may also investigate cases that represent the most serious, complex, high profile, and/or significant cases in the Office.

Position: Chief Investigator
Organization: Nashville Defender's Office
Location: Nashville,  TN 
United States
Salary: based on experience
Posting Start Date: 6/17/2019
Date Posted: 6/17/2019

·         Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; addresses employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and management; interviews applicants; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.

·         Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to management; and develops or revises procedure manuals.

·         Plans and directs the activities and operations of the Investigations Division: reviews cases assigned to subordinate Investigators; oversees, leads, and advises on investigative work; conducts investigative team meetings; establishes goals; ensures compliance with policies and procedures; creates and revises Investigations policies and procedures; develops and implements Investigations standards and protocols; ensures proper maintenance, distribution, and resolution of problems with vehicles, and investigative equipment; prepares division reports; and manages related administrative functions.

·         Stays abreast of criminal investigative techniques, practices, and courtroom procedures and ensures same for staff: evaluates staff training needs; develops, coordinates, secures, or conducts training for staff; attends seminars and training courses; and obtains various criminology certifications.

·         Oversees and conducts investigations and assists Assistant Public Defenders in preparing complex cases for hearings and trial: reviews case files and identifies investigative tasks; consults with Assistant Public Defenders regarding defense; assists in determining case theories and investigative approach; conducts pre-trial conferences; drafts and executes court orders for evidence; collects, secures, and analyzes evidence, ensuring chain of custody is maintained; utilizes various investigative tools, resources, and programs to obtain necessary information; surveys, photographs, and sketches crime scenes; compiles witness lists; and testifies in court.

·         Provides assistance and advocacy to indigent clients: visits and communicates with clients in jail or prison; provides information and updates regarding case status and court proceedings; and provides social service referrals and information to assist clients.

·         Prepares, gathers, reviews, compiles, and processes a variety of documents and information related to investigative activities: gathers and compiles necessary information including incident reports, certified prior convictions, criminal histories, crime lab information, defendant, victim and witness statements, interrogation/interview footage, 911 dispatch transcripts, and medical records; reviews financial records, crime lab reports, patient records, and other investigative information; drafts investigative reports, case summaries, evidence requests, and related documents.


Status: This listing expires on: 9/15/2019
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Nashville Defender's Office
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 2022

Nashville,  TN 37219
United States
Martesha L. Johnson