Deputy Public Administrator

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Apr 21, 2024
Full Time Administration and Management Other
  • Salary: $54,724.80 - $75,067.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job


Bi-annual step increases of 2.5% up to top step

3% salary increase effective 2/22/25 and 2/21/26**

The Department of the Sheriff/Coroner is recruiting for Deputy Public Administrator who investigate and administer estates of decedents placed under the jurisdiction of the Public Administrator. Deputy Public Administrator search for and locate heirs and real and personal property and manage the estates of deceased persons with an emphasis on conservation of the estate and safeguarding of property. Duties include searching for and locating heirs, real and personal property, and researching ownership and conducting inventories; supervising business affairs and managing property; collecting income and paying associated expenses; reviewing and verifying claims against estates; arranging liquidation of assets; preparing correspondence and reports; and testifying in court.

For more detailed information, refer to the Deputy Public Administrator job description.

*Salary increases contingent upon Property Related Revenue and/or statewide Sales Tax Collections performance.


1) License: Travel throughout the County is required. At the time of hire, a valid California driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced. Use of a county vehicle and/or mileage reimbursement is available.
2) Physical: Requires occasional physical agility including: walking, standing, bending, squatting and lifting items that may weigh up to 60 pounds; possible exposure to substandard living and storage areas (insects, unpleasant odors, etc. while performing field work); and willingness to be called in crisis situations at irregular hours.
3) Background: Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony and must successfully pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a medical, drug, and fingerprint check, and a polygraph examination; and must be legally eligible to be in custody and control of a firearm as property.
4) Certification/Continuing Education: Certification by the California State Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians, and Public Conservators (CAPAPGPC) is required within four (4) years of appointment and continuing education courses are required to maintain certification.
5) Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.

Minimum Requirements

Option A: One (1) year of full-time work experience administering the estates of decedents, gravely disabled, or other incompetent persons in a city, county, or state Public Administrator or Public Guardian office. Experience must include financial management and the investigation of assets in such fields as probate or trust administration.

Option B: Three (3) years of experience in a financial, legal, case management, law enforcement or similar setting processing accounting and legal documents used for the financial management of assets, conservatorships, probate or trust administration.


A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, criminal justice, legal, accounting, or closely related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience listed in Option B.

An associate's degree in business or public administration, criminal justice, legal, accounting, or closely related field may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience listed in Option B.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of principles and techniques used in estate and financial investigations and management, including real property, and basic concepts involved in wills, probate, insurance policies, deeds and contracts; strong organizational skills; and the ability to meet required time-frames for managing a complex caseload. Additionally, the following is highly desired:

Knowledge of
  • Practices and methods used in estate and financial investigations to determine decedent’s assets; real property management and/or real estate practices.
  • Various types and uses of documents representing assets, liabilities, and techniques to determine decedent’s assets and liabilities.
  • Interviewing and analytical techniques for gathering, interpreting, and evaluating data.
  • Legal language used in documents such as wills, deeds, trusts, and contracts.
  • Accounting principles and techniques, including banking and other financial procedures.
  • Word processing techniques and electronic case management systems.

Ability to
  • Recognize and analyze problems, gather relevant information, determine facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Communicate and deal effectively and tactfully with persons under emotional stress.
  • Establish and maintain effecting working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Work with changing deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Prepare concise written and oral reports, maintain records, prepare correspondence, and document case management activities in accordance with departmental policies and procedures; read, interpret, and apply forms and reports.

Selection Process

Examination Procedure :
There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on a review of the Application and Supplemental Questionnaire; therefore it is to your advantage to provide as much relevant and detailed work experience as possible, as resumes will not be reviewed in lieu of the application materials.

Application Procedure :
Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire by filing deadline . Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete your application and consider having your profile created and or updated before applying for the position. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

All communications regarding the selection process will be via email . Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mails frequently to obtain any correspondence associated with this recruitment. Please be sure the email provided on this application is always current; it is your responsibility to update your personal information. Update your Spam, Junk, Bulk and Firewall settings as needed to ensure that you receive all information pertaining to this recruitment.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans’ Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans’ Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

For a summary of benefits,* please click here .

Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County's Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at .

*Retirement benefits subject to change.

Closing Date/Time: 5/24/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

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