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Chief Public Defender

Chief Public Defender opening in San Angelo, Texas.

Tom Green County was recently awarded a grant by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission to create the Concho Valley Public Defender’s Office which serves Coke, Concho, Irion, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling and Tom Green counties.  The Chief Public Defender and department staff will be employees of Tom Green County. 

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Job Description Summary:
Under direction of the Concho Valley Public Defender Board, the Chief Public Defender provides quality legal defense to persons who cannot afford counsel in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and appeals cases for Tom Green, Irion, Runnels, Schleicher, Coke, Concho, and Sterling Counties. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensures that the office provides quality criminal defense representation that complies with federal and state constitutions, state statutes, ethical rules, and state and national best practices.
  • Oversees and provides representation of defendants who cannot afford counsel in felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and appeals cases in addition to the administrative responsibilities of the office.  Representation includes serving as lead counsel and appearing in court when appropriate and necessary.
  • Supervises all department employees, including responsibilities for assigning and reviewing work, employee training, completing performance evaluations, hiring, terminating and disciplining.
  • Reviews caseloads at least quarterly and notifies TIDC and the Concho Valley Public Defender’s Oversight Board if caseloads exceed adopted standards.
  • Directs staff on legal issues, case dispositions, advocacy, and ensures continuity of counsel to the extent possible.
  • Develops, implements, and interprets overall policies and procedures for the department and ensures that all staff receive necessary training.
  • Prepares and administers the annual Public Defender budget and monitors all department expenditures of state and local funds. Allocates resources for services, equipment, facilities, finance planning, preparing and advocating for future services and budgetary needs of the office.
  • Represents the public defense function in criminal justice coordinating meetings with clients, judges, prosecutors, county Commissioners Courts and others.
  • Presents to social and civic groups, incarcerated persons, and other organizations to explain, publicize, and promote the Public Defender program and defendants’ rights.
  • Represents the Public Defender Office in public and professional meetings and conferences; in interactions with state and county officials; county and state bar associations; and citizen groups.
  • Reports regularly to the Concho Valley Public Defender’s Oversight Board and with each participating county Commissioners Court.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: 
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and precedents; knowledge of legal procedures and the trial methods and practices in criminal cases; management principles and practices; and budgeting techniques, standards and requirements.
  • Ability to understand and interpret statutes, constitutional provisions, and administrative regulations; ability to effectively prepare and litigate cases in court; ability to work effectively with members of the legal profession, law enforcement personnel, co-workers and county department representatives, and the public.
  • Skill in developing, analyzing, and interpreting policies and procedures;  exercising sound judgment in making administrative decisions involving staff and service activities;  managing and reviewing budgets involving multiple revenue sources; exceptional oral and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements and Work Setting:
  • Works in a well-lighted, air-conditioned environment; prolonged periods of sitting and periodic walking, standing, bending, and reaching; occasional lifting up to 15 lbs; visual acuity, hearing ability, and manual dexterity required.
Position: Chief Public Defender
Organization: Tom Green County Public Defender
Location: San Angelo,  TX 
United States
Salary: 160,000+ (DOE)
Posting Start Date: 9/1/2021
Date Posted: 9/2/2021
Education and/or Experience Required: 
  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited school of law.  At least 5 years of experience in criminal law, having tried felony cases to verdict and acted as lead counsel for the following types of felony trials: first and second degree felonies and homicide cases. At least 3 years of experience hiring, leading, or supervising attorneys or staff.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • Experience as a lawyer in a Public Defender office; experience as a Director, Chief or Deputy Chief in a legal organization which includes oversight of daily operations and budget creation/oversight.
Certificates and Licenses:
  • License to practice law in good standing in the State of Texas or immediately eligible to obtain licensure through the Texas Board of Law Examiners Admission Without Examination (AWOX) process. (Applicants not licensed to practice law in Texas must review the TBLE AWOX requirements: https://ble.texas.gov/admission-without-examination). Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record. 
Status: This listing expires on: 12/1/2021
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Tom Green County Public Defender
113. W. Beauregard

San Angelo,  TX 76903
United States
Nate Southard