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City of Olympia Seeks Contract Public Defender
April 9, 2024 | Erin Stewart

SALARY: $126,000 for 360 case credits


CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


The City of Olympia is accepting applications for one contract public defender to represent indigent defendants in the Olympia Municipal Court. The position is a 360 case credit max

position with an opportunity to carry a misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor caseload. Applicants must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum

of one year of criminal defense experience. Experience handling public defense cases is preferred. Contract period for this position is from date of hire through December 31st, 2024,

with a possible option to renew.

Public defender must be able to meet caseload standards and quarterly certification. Public defenders work closely with the Public Defense Coordinator. Caseload tracking and reporting to the city is required.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Only emailed applications will be accepted.

For questions email Diane Whaley, Public Defense Coordinator, at