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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 421D
Category: Legal Services


Supervises staff conducting hearings on alleged offender community custody violations. Rules on procedures, determines innocence or guilt, and determines credibility and reliability of evidence. Independently imposes sanctions and decides length of revocation. Serves as Chair of the regional appeals panel, authorizing appeal decisions according to the laws, rules and policies.

Typical Work

Responsible for the hearing processes conducted within a specific region and supervises hearings staff;

Conducts fair due process community custody hearings, under the preponderance of evidence standard, and in accordance with the requirements of the Offender Accountability Act;

Provides specialized training to subordinate hearing staff regarding changes in laws, regulations, and policies that may affect the guidelines for sanctions imposed;

Trains new staff in all aspects of the hearings process;

Makes independent decisions in hearings as to the facts alleged;

Rules on evidentiary issues, credibility of witnesses, and reliability of evidence; and determinations of guilt. Applies legal principles and precedent appropriately;

Approves exceptional/enhanced sanctions;

Ensures offenders are afforded due process protections and hearing procedures are followed in accordance with legal requirements;

Imposes reasonable and appropriate sanctions when necessary, including returning violators to confinement, revoking alternative sentences, and recommending revocation of suspended sentences;

Screens offender appeals of hearings; determines whether to submit appeal to the regional review panel; notifies offenders of appeal review denial.

Serves as chair of a regional appeals panel, which determines whether hearings were conducted appropriately and whether the sanction imposed was reasonable and in compliance with laws, rules, and policies; provides written justification as to the basis of the appeal decision;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: criminal sentencing and community supervision laws and rules.

Ability to: conduct fair hearings; make rulings on jurisdiction and admissibility of evidence; determine credibility of witnesses; learn the specific body of law applicable to his/her field of assignment to include state statutes, court decisions, and agency regulations; deal tactfully with people to gain their respect and confidence; exercise judgment in evaluating evidence presented and in rendering decisions based on findings of fact, conclusions of law; write concisely and accurately; travel regularly within the state.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in conducting hearings, presenting cases in court or hearings, mediation, dispute resolution, or Restorative Justice practices.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Correctional Hearings Officer 4 (replaces 39763 Corrections Hearings Officer 2).
Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.
Revised definition; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.