Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate as required by the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training. Academic course work in the behavior sciences, law enforcement, and the techniques of investigation. Coursework in supervision and management is highly desirable.
Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, five years of recent, full-time paid experience as a law enforcement officer (excluding military police work), including two years supervisory experience in criminal or civil investigations; OR three years of full-time paid experience comparable to the level of Welfare Fraud Investigator II with the Sonoma County Human Services Department, OR two years of full-time paid experience comparable to the level of Senior Welfare Fraud Investigator with the Sonoma County Human Services Department would provide such experience.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Special Qualifications: Possession of a Specialized or Regular Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training. Possession of an Advanced and/or Supervisory P.O.S.T. certificate is highly desirable. Selected candidate must complete the P.O.S.T. management training course prior to the completion of their probationary period.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of: the California Penal Code as it relates to the investigation of civil and criminal matters; the rules of evidence, arrest, and the ensuing court procedure; public assistance eligibility criteria and formulas used to compute over payments.
Considerable knowledge of: criminal attitudes and behavioral patterns, and of the social factors underlying criminal behavior; modern personnel management practices and procedures, and the techniques used to provide effective training and supervision, as well as the evaluation of employee performance; the California Department of Social Service Manual of Policies and Procedures; the English language, its usage, syntax and grammatical structure; and financial record keeping.
Ability to: conduct effective field investigations; analyze, interpret, and uphold laws, relating to welfare fraud, impartially and with fact; negotiate for and secure payment on monies due; supervise effectively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and staff; obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation; carry out special and general assignments requiring an organization of materials and development of procedures without direct supervision; prepare thorough factual and statistical reports for both oral and written presentation.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.