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Douglas County Office of Public Defense Seeks Administrator
February 22, 2022 | Alison Pagan

OVERVIEW
Directs all legal and administrative functions of the Public Defender’s Office serving indigent clients.
Accountable for the efficient and effective performance of the Department and the preparation of timely
and professional service/advice, analyses and reports as a basis for planning, funding and
implementation of policy. This position reports to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners or
designee.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
 Plans, organizes coordinates and directs the operations of the Office of Public Defense, in
accordance with State and local laws, rules, regulations and standards, including, management of
contracts for indigent defense services, operations related to indigency screening and pre-trial
services.
 Represents the interests of indigent defendant clients at legal proceeding including, but not limited
to, first appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, guilty pleas, sentencings, trial and post-trial
matters, including restitution hearings probation violations, sentence reviews, filing of notices of
appeal.
 Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations on behalf of defendants and represents
defendants’ interest in negotiations.
 Conducts legal research, timely files appropriate suppression motions and briefing/memorandum
supporting challenges to evidence or the case.
 Coordinates case investigations as needed for trail preparation, arranges for tests of physical
evidence and testimony of expert witnesses. Interviews witnesses, issues witness subpoenas for
trial or motion hearings, coordinates and conducts all aspects of trial for the defense, including jury
selection, motions in limine, opening statement and closing argument, direct and cross examination
of witnesses, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, and making
argument on points of law to the court.
 Handles a partial caseload of felonies.
 Directs, supervises, evaluates and assists the work of subordinates; provides assistance, training,
guidance and performance appraisal to employees; selects, hires, promotes and disciplines
employees as necessary.
 Coordinates activities and departmental operations with other state and county departments and
agencies such as the State Office of Public Defense, the Executive’s Office, Budget and Finance,
Information Services, the Prosecutor’s Office, the courts, the Bar and law enforcement agencies,
and proposes improvement in efficiencies and quality of service.
 Drafts, negotiates, processes and administers all contracts for indigent criminal defense, civil
commitment proceedings, therapeutic courts, contempt proceedings and other indigent
representation, as required; performs direct representation of indigent defendants, as needed.
 Prepares submits and defends annual departmental budget; prepare and/or supervises the
preparation of departments program plans, policies, goals and objectives, and funding requests;
administers the approved departmental budget, monitors expenses, prepares requests for supplemental and emergency appropriations and otherwise is responsible for all fiscal matters of
the Office of Public Defense.
 Develops policies, procedures and regulations for the delivery of indigent defense services, including
the development and implementation of procedures for contract attorney selection, pursuant to State
and Local public defense standards and, ethical obligations.
 Makes application for and manages Office of Public Defense grant funds and expenditures.
 Develop and implement procedures to monitor the delivery of services and compliance with policies
and procedures by contract criminal defense counsel, and makes recommendations for more
efficient operations.
 Oversees the development of policies and procedures for pre-trial release information to superior
courts with the approval of the presiding judges of those courts.
 Upon delegation by the courts, develops policies and procedures for determinations of indigency in
conformity with Chapter 10.101 RCW and subject to the approval of the presiding judges.
 Undertakes such other administrative or legal duties as may be assigned by the County Administrator.

For the right candidate an extension of the time to apply could be granted if a one sentence letter of interest was sent asking for more time.

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