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Spokane County Public Defender – Director
December 20, 2021 | Alison Pagan

This appointed position performs highly responsible and complex administrative, supervisory and participatory legal work in directing the staff, policy and operations of the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office, as provided by chapter 36.26 RCW. Incumbent performs direct trial level representation of indigent defendants in a diverse range of criminal and civil cases.

Performs duties related to the direction and administration of the department, including effective personnel, financial and resource planning and management; develops, implements and continuously evaluates related short and long term goals and operational plans; develops and implements programs, policies and procedures consistent with statutory and legal requirements in providing quality public defense and legal services.

Manages the department’s professional and administrative staff, including selection, training and development, assignment of work, supervision, evaluation, discipline and termination in accordance with county policy and collective bargaining agreements.

Establishes, develops, implements and monitors office policies, work rules, standards and guidelines. Participates in labor negotiations, applying contractual terms accordingly.

Develops, prepares, justifies and advocates a multi-million dollar annual budget, adequate to meet current standards for indigent defense; monitors expenditures; provides required financial reports to grantors and other funding sources.

Ensures operations and expenditures are within budgetary constraints.

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