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Benton County Public Defender Seeks Staff Attorney
April 10, 2019 | Mana

This is a professional legal position providing legal defense services to indigent persons on behalf of the Benton County Office of Public Defense.  An employee in this position will be assigned by the Court or Office of Public Defense to provide criminal defense representation to indigent defendants facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges in Benton County District or Superior Courts.  Representation will involve all phases of criminal proceedings including initial appearances, arraignment, pre-trial hearings, trial, plea negotiations, sentencing, and appeals from District Court.  Primary caseload will consist of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases filed in District Court but responsibilities will also include preliminary appearance representation in Superior Court and appearance before Superior Court for District Court appeals.

Salary: $4,544/mo (Grade 15 Step A) – $5,897/mo (Grade 15 Step I).  This position generally starts at the lower end of this range with promotional opportunities through the range and to other Grades depending upon performance and merit.

Other benefits:

  • Full medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and their family (completely employer paid – you don’t have to pay anything for your insurance)
  • Retirement – Benton County participates in the Department of Retirement Systems.  As a Public Defense Attorney, you will be enrolled in a Public Employees Retirement System plan
  • Elective Options (Employee Paid)– ICMA 457, Voluntary Term Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Aflac
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) – Non-Bargaining Employees receive $250.00 per month into an HRA account which can be used for medical expense reimbursement.

For more information, and how to apply, please click here.