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Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys

Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys are primarily hired through our law school summer Rule 9 program.  Due to budget cuts over the past few years, the PAO does very little lateral hiring of bar certified attorneys.  Nonetheless, candidates are welcome to forward their materials to Stephanie Sato, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Human Resources at

Deputy Assistant Attorneys

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office intermittently hires term-limited deputy assistants (contract lawyers). Contracts are initially for six months and are often extended for up to one year. Potential work assignments include handling misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases in District Court, handling misdemeanor and felony cases in Juvenile Court, assisting with drug and mainstream felony filings, covering felony calendars and covering hearings in Involuntary Treatment Court. These positions provide excellent courtroom experience, especially for new or inexperienced lawyers or lawyers who are new to the jurisdiction. Over the past few years, the PAO has hired many of our contract lawyers into regular positions as openings become available.

Interested applicants should check the King County jobs webpage throughout the year as deputy assistant jobs are posted to that webpage when openings are available. Openings will be limited through 2020. Candidates must be bar qualified in the State of Washington at the time of application. If you have any questions about our deputy assistant positions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Sato, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Human Resources at

Administrative Staff

It is the policy of this office to promote from within our office as much as possible.  For that reason, most openings that are available to the general public are entry-level positions.  Entry-level job functions vary depending on the position assigned. Responsibilities include:

  • Answering telephones, screening calls and responding to inquiries

  • Opening, sorting and distributing incoming mail and processing outgoing mail

  • Typing and/or word processing basic documents

  • Ordering and distributing supplies

  • Photocopying various legal documents and ensuring proper distribution of documents

  • Establishing and maintaining files, records and other informational sources on a daily basis

Promotional opportunities come up regularly for staff and we have a career progression ladder within our office.

Occasionally, we open higher level positions to the outside public. These are usually legal secretary and victim advocate vacancies.

All recruiting announcements will be posted on the King County jobs page.

Administrative staff members are represented by Teamsters Local 117 (external link).

Applicants who are interested in being considered for any of these positions may send a resume and cover letter to be kept on file for consideration in the event that we have a need to hire an entry-level candidate.  Application materials should be sent via e-mail to Heidi Parkington-Thal, Human Resources Director

Reasonable Accommodation
Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to participate in a selection process or to perform work once hired. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible. This may be done by a written letter or an appropriate alternative format to our offices, or phone 206-477-1205.

King County Prosecutor
Dan Satterberg
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