News & Updates

The City of Olympia seeks one public defender to take a 180 case credit max position
December 14, 2022 | Chinami Arai

Contract Public Defender

Salary : $50,940.00 Annually
Location :City of Olympia, WA
Job Type: Project Funded
Department: City Manager’s Office
Job Number: 2100156

The City of Olympia is accepting applications for one contract public defender to represent indigent defendants in the Olympia Municipal Court in 2023. Olympia is seeking one public defender to take a 180 case credit max position with an opportunity to carry a misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor caseload. This position may also fulfill coverage of arraignments on Wednesday mornings and may serve as a second public defender in community court directly after arraignments.   Case credits are adjusted accordingly for this coverage.  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 runs from January 1st, 2023 through December 31st, 2023, with a possible option to renew. The flat rate monthly compensation is anticipated to be based on the following scale:

180 case credits/year=$4,245/month

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, please email Diane Whaley, Public Defense Coordinator, at

For more information, click here.