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The Division of Public Defender Services Commission is recruiting for the position of Chief Public Defender.   This position serves as the Head of the Division responsible for providing counsel in accordance with both the United States and Connecticut Constitutions to any indigent person charged with the commission of a crime that carries a risk of incarceration. In addition, representation and guardian ad-litem services are afforded to indigent children and parents in child welfare, family, and child support matters.  
The Chief Public Defender is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Division of Public Defender Services which includes a staff of approximately 400, half of which are attorneys and a $70 million budget. The position is located in Hartford Connecticut with a salary of $ 191,754 and full State Benefits.  Anticipated start date June 1, 2022
  • Executive Management: Administers the indigent defense delivery system pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 887; Administer, coordinate and control the operations of defender services and be responsible for the overall supervision and direction of all personnel, offices, divisions and facilities of the Division of Public Defender Services.  Directs the executive team of the Division.
  • Commission Relationship: Pursuant to CGS § 51-289, reports to Public Defender Services Commission of significant developments within the Division and within the criminal justice system; provides guidance to Commission in the development of goals; objectives, plans, policies and procedures; Carries out the policies established by the Commission of Public Defender Services.
  •  Division Administration: Administers and develops the Division budget; supervise the training of all personnel; promulgate necessary rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the delivery of indigent defense systems; monitor caseloads for the office and individual lawyers to assure that ethical caseload standards are adhered to; perform regular employee evaluations of senior staff and attorneys.
  •  External Relationships: Acts as chief liaison with criminal justice agencies, the public, the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government, and funding sources; participates in work groups and task forces concerning the services and clients of the Division; monitors and remains informed of executive, legislative and judicial issues; reviews proposed and enacted legislation for fiscal and operational impact.
  •  Effecting Change: Consult and cooperate with professional bodies and groups concerning the functioning of the criminal legal system, including administration of justice, equity in the reentry and rehabilitation of returning citizens; means for reducing the commission of crimes, and the improvement of the administration and conduct of public defender services.
  • Legal Oversight: Provides executive oversight and legal guidance to office heads and attorneys in relation to legal issues and court operations.
Organization: Division of Public Defender Services
Location: Hartford,  CT 
United States
Salary: 191,754
Posting Start Date: 3/15/2022
Date Posted: 3/15/2022
The successful candidate will have the following abilities and skills:
Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change both internally and externally as it relates to the division and its goals.  Individual will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement an organizational mission and vision.
Leading People:  The ability to lead people toward meeting the division’s vision, mission and goals.  This includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
Results Driven:  The ability to meets the goals of the division and the expectations of stake holders.  Inherent in this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and issues and evaluating risks.
Business Intelligence: The ability to manage human, financial, legal and information resources strategically.
Navigating The Public Sector:  Has knowledge and understanding of the working of State government and how to achieve results in this environment.  Ensures that goals meet stakeholders needs, aligns division objectives and practices with public and stakeholder interest.
Interpersonal Skills: Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations
Leveraging Diversity:   Fosters a workplace where diversity is valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the division.
Oral CommunicationsMakes clear and convincing oral presentations
Written Communication:  Writes in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience
General Experience: Member of Connecticut Bar for ten years and have demonstrated experience in the practice of criminal defense and the competencies listed above and of experience
Applicants will submit an application package (PDF Documents) to Diane.Fitzpatrick@pds.ct.gov no later than April 5, 2022, containing the following:
  1. Letter of interest.
  2. Current resume, Attorney Application Supplement and Employment Application for outside candidates.
  3. References:  Up to six written professional references submitted.  Only references submitted with the application package will be considered.  Applicants ARE NOT to have references make phone calls or direct letters to commission members.  Additional references for further contact may be included on the Attorney Questionnaire. 

  1. Responses to the Following Supplemental Information:
  1. Describe how your experience and background addresses the overview of qualifications and competencies for the position, giving specific examples.
  2. Describe your management/supervisory and leadership experience.
  3. Provide an example of how you worked with internal and external stakeholders successfully.
  4. Please describe what you see as the top three challenges facing the Division in the coming years and briefly describe how you would address them.
  5. Please describe how you would approach leveraging diversity internally and externally in the Division.
DPDS is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.
Status: This listing expires on: 6/13/2022
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Organization Information
Division of Public Defender Services
55 Farmington Ave 8th Floor

Hartford,  CT 06105
United States
(860) 509-6432