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Contact Information:
  • PO Box 189
  • Centreville MI, 49032

  • 125 W. Main St.
  • Centreville MI, 49032
  • Historic Courthouse - Third Floor
  • Phone: (269) 467-5500
  • Fax: (269) 467-5624

Employment Opportunities


Chief Public Defender

Posting Date: 02/03/21

Position Summary:

Wages: $70,789.28 - $92,025.58 per year (Salaried Position) in addition to a comprehensive benefit package.

Under the general direction of the County Administrator, the Chief Public Defender develops, implements, oversees and directs the Public Defender Office and the indigent defense contract system. Responsible for staffing the Public Defender Office, creating and supervising all attorney contracts and/or attorney rosters within the contract system, ensuring that St. Joseph County meets all constitutional and legislative requirements pertaining to the representation of indigent adults and providing a high level of indigent defense services. The incumbent supervises and directs staff, monitors all contracts and attorney rosters for compliance, develops and implements policies and procedures, performs the department’s administrative functions and prepares the department’s annual budget.

Employment Qualifications:

  • Education: Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate of Admittance to the State Bar of Michigan as evidence of continued good professional standing and authority to practice law throughout the state.
  • Experience: Five years of experience in the practice of criminal defense or the equivalent, including a minimum of three years of progressively more responsible experience in the administration of legal services.
  • Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties of the job.

St. Joseph County, Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.


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