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Kitsap County Office of Public Defense Seeks Attorney 2
March 28, 2022 | Alison Pagan
The Kitsap County Office of Public Defense is staffed with outstanding attorneys dedicated to providing very high quality representation to individuals charged with felony crimes.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Attorney 2 to join our team.  The incumbent will be responsible for preparing and trying felony criminal cases in Superior Court, many of which involve complex litigation.  This position will also handle misdemeanor cases.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the criminal laws of the State of Washington, as well as the Washington State and the United States Constitutions.  Our new team member will understand evidence and criminal rules, and rules of professional conduct, as well as preparation of criminal cases to include expert witness and forensic evidence issues.


Required Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate from a recognized and accredited law school.
  • Two years criminal law experience.
  • An active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.

Preferred Experience

  • Felony law experience.
  • Experience working with Kitsap County Courts.

Criminal Conviction Standards:

  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which will include fingerprinting.

Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • The duties in this position are performed in an office or a courtroom setting
  • Incumbents may be exposed to hostile individuals while in the courtroom setting, while visiting sites and interviewing witnesses, especially at off-site locations


In this role, you will have opportunity to:

  • Review and evaluate evidence
  • Represent individuals charged with felonies, at all stages of the criminal proceedings
  • Provide support, education, and coverage to Public Defender 1 positions, and assist other public defenders as assigned
  • Serve subpoenas, summonses, and other required documents to witnesses and suspects



  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public.  Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms.  The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Classified as “at will”. Incumbent’s continued employment is at the discretion of the Chief Public Defender.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.