The Human Resources Division prosecutes no crimes.
But it is part of the engine that drives the District Attorney’s Office – mostly unseen but absolutely vital to its operation.
The 54-person division handles the hiring of new attorneys and other departmental staff, promotions, payroll and the processing of employees leaving the office.
“We serve the mission of the office by providing human resource services for the legal staff so they can focus on cases and all the other things needed for the District Attorney’s Office to serve the community,” said Alayna Elam, the division chief.
Nearly 1,700 job applications were processed by the division’s Exams Unit between Jan. 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.
For months before the recent Deputy District Attorney I exam, Human Resources Division staff met weekly with subject-matter experts to review job requirements and draft the exam.
They finalized exam schedules and logistics to accommodate the dozens of veteran prosecutors who interviewed more than 300 candidates seeking deputy district attorney jobs with the office.
They also reviewed applications to make sure candidates met job requirements and submitted necessary documentation, such as a valid State Bar of California membership card for attorneys.
While much of what the division’s staff does goes on behind the scenes, for job applicants and new hires, Human Resources Division employees are the first people they meet.
They not only check in applicants for job exams but also provide an orientation before a new hire sets foot in an office or courthouse as a District Attorney employee.
The office’s more than 2,000 employees also rely on the Human Resources Division to make sure they are paid properly, receive benefits, are promoted, transferred and trained and their paperwork is
processed as they retire or move on to other career opportunities.