Unit Chief, Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office - New York Attorney General's Office

Full Time
3 weeks ago

The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an experienced lawyer to lead its newly created Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office (“LEMIO”). The Unit Chief position provides a unique and exciting opportunity to lead a first-of-its-kind statewide oversight body charged with identifying and addressing systemic police misconduct. LEMIO seeks to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, promote public safety, protect the civil rights and liberties of New Yorkers, as well as enhance transparency and strengthen public trust in the in the criminal justice system.

The Office was created by the New York State Legislature in June of 2019 in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and its implementing legislation went into effect in April 2020. The Legislature’s intent was to create a “strong, independent office” which would improve the current police oversight structure “by providing broad jurisdiction, independence, and extra scrutiny where existing systems may be failing.”

LEMIO has a broad mandate to investigate “allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse” as well as patterns and practices of police misconduct. LEMIO will be responsible for investigating complaints, examining departmental policies and procedures, and making recommendations for reform, including disciplinary action.

Suitable candidates for the UC position must possess the following qualifications:

  • At least six 6) years of legal experience;
  • Extensive knowledge of policing best practices, relevant police procedures, and reforms;
  • Experience investigating and/or litigating police misconduct is preferred;
  • Prior supervisory and leadership experience;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service.

Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State.  In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the Office be citizens of the United States.

OAG employees serve more than 19 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.