Chief Public Defender

$149,585 yearly
  • Board of Public Defense
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Oct 28, 2022
Full time Executive Government Legal

Job Description


The Chief District Public Defender is responsible for the administration of public defender services in the district, consistent with standards adopted by the State Board of Public Defense and the policies and procedures adopted by the State Public Defender. The Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County) Public Defender Office is the largest in the state with 200 employees and an annual budget of more than $20 million.

Summary of Duties:

Under general direction and approval of the Board of Public Defense, and the State Public Defender; the Chief District Public Defender is responsible for the supervision and administration of district employees and offices; responsible for the hiring, disciplining or the termination of employees under her/his supervision; Supervises and evaluates the work of attorneys and support personnel; Receives and responds to inquiries from the public concerning the activities of the District Public Defender Office and its employees; Receives and responds to complaints from clients and makes decisions on resolution of complaints;; Assigns cases to insure an even distribution of the workload; Works to resolve court scheduling issues and conflict assignments; Interviews, trains, mentors and evaluates assigned employees; Maintains liaison with court administration, judges and other court personnel; Undertakes related additional duties and assignments as required by the Board of Public Defense or State Public Defender; coordinates with other Chief District Public Defenders, Administrative Services Office and State Public Defender on policy issues and activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The Chief Public Defender shall be a full-time qualified attorney, licensed to practice law in Minnesota; shall serve in the unclassified service of the State; shall be removed only for cause by the Board of Public Defense; shall devote full time to performance of duties and shall not engage in the general practice of law.