City of Martinsburg – Chief Magistrate

City of Martinsburg – Chief Magistrate


The City of Martinsburg has a position available for a full time CHIEF MAGISTRATE.

Position requires any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to two (2) years of experience as a lawyer, judge, law enforcement, criminal justice or hearing officer in criminal or traffic cases.

This is an exempt-professional position with the Chief Magistrate working for and at the direction of the City Manager.

Chief Magistrate must attend and complete any required instruction if not admitted to practice law in this state and must attend annual continuing education if required.

Applicants must possess knowledge of: West Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedures for Magistrate Courts, West Virginia State Code, Codified Ordinances of the City of Martinsburg and applicable case law and court procedures and operations.

The Chief Magistrate is responsible for presiding over arraignments and pleas for misdemeanor and civil traffic cases filed with the Martinsburg Municipal Court. The Chief Magistrate is responsible for applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, state statues, City ordinances and case law when presiding over arraignments and pleas and may, from time to time, preside at trials to the court, pre-trial conferences, motions, reviews and signs complaints, issue warrants that merit probable cause for arrest and other hearings. Chief Magistrate is also responsible for imposing sentences commensurate to the offense within parameters allowed by law. The Chief Magistrate determines conditions, which, if met, will allow the defendant’s release from police custody.

The Chief Magistrate also supervises the activities and assignments of magistrates, municipal court clerks and municipal court cashier. Chief Magistrate will plan and carry out policies related to administrative, fiscal and clerical functions including, but not limited to budgets, expenditures, accuracy and conformance of work, posting to ledgers and balancing of revenue.

Candidate selected for employment will be required to submit to a criminal background check. No person convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor crime set forth in articles eight, eight-a, eight-b, eight-c or eight-d, Chapter sixty-one of the West Virginia code is eligible to become Chief Magistrate.

Salary is $36,261 with an excellent benefit package. Applications must be filed with the Human Resource Director, 232 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401 no later than Monday, October 16, 2017. Applications are available on the second floor of City Hall and online at Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EEO/AA.

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