The Prosecuting Attorney serves as the legal advisor to the Board of County Commissioners and to the county's elected officials and departments. The Prosecuting Attorney provides legal guidance and opinions regarding federal, state and local laws. The Prosecuting Attorney brings civil cases on behalf of the county and defends lawsuits against the county. The Prosecuting Attorney works closely with law enforcement agencies, such as the Sheriff, city Police and the Washington State Patrol and provides legal advice to law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies send criminal cases to the Prosecuting Attorney for review and the Prosecuting Attorney determines if criminal charges should be filed. If charges are filed, the Prosecuting Attorney then prosecutes the charges in the Superior Court, Juvenile Court or District Court. The Prosecuting Attorney also works closely with crime victims to obtain restitution for losses and state benefits. In Douglas County, the Prosecuting Attorney also serves as the County Coroner and is responsible for investigating unattended deaths in order to determine how the deaths occurred.
The mission of the Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney's office is to serve Douglas County and its people by promoting the fair administration of justice. The Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney's office conducts its mission:
- By effectively and ethically prosecuting all violations of criminal law for which probable cause exists, while preserving the rights of the accused to a fair trial.
- By advocating and protecting the rights of crime victims and witnesses.
- By impartially advising the Board of County Commissioners and the elected and appointed officials of Douglas County.
- By effectively and ethically prosecuting and defending all civil actions to which Douglas County may be a party.
- By operating in a fiscally responsible manner.