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Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office Seeks Deputy I
November 4, 2019 | Scott Shoemaker

Salary: Deputy I: $5,253 – $7,187 per month                                Closing Date: November 19, at 4:30 PM
Hiring rate depends on qualifications

Primary Duties:

  • Acts as court-appointed counsel representing individuals accused of misdemeanors or felonies in superior, district and juvenile courts.
  • Represents appointed clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing.
  • Responsible for the investigation and preparation of each case assigned.
  • Represents indigents in involuntary commitment proceedings and dependency proceedings.
  • Primary caseload consists of misdemeanor, juvenile, or felony cases based upon experience.
  • Assists management and other staff, as directed. Complies with legal standards and requirements.


Deputy I

  • Must be a current member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association (or current member in good standing of another State Bar Association and passing the next Washington State Bar exam).
  • Spanish language fluency is desired
  • Background Check must meet County Criteria for criminal justice positions.
  • Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid Washington State driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.

Whatcom County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
To apply: Please visit their website