Circuit Public Defender- Conasauga Judicial Circuit

  • 16 Nov 2016 10:16 AM
    Message # 4395343
    Brandie MARTINEZ BEDARD (Administrator)
    Position: Circuit Public Defender
    Location: Conasauga Judicial Circuit 
    Deadline: December 5, 2016 

    The Conasauga Circuit Public Defender Supervisory Committee is accepting résumés for the position of Circuit Public Defender. 

    The Conasauga Circuit Public Defender's Office provides representation to indigent persons who are charged with crimes in Murray and Whitfield Counties. 

    State salary is $105,526 annually, not including any potential county-paid supplement. 

    JOB DESCRIPTION, RESPONSIBILITIES, & QUALIFICATIONS 

    Job Description: Serves as the Circuit office head, reports to the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council. The Circuit Public Defender will make key decisions regarding the management of the Circuit, its budget, its staff, and its cases. 

    Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to): Supervising and managing budgets and multiple offices. Supervising and mentoring Assistant Public Defenders, investigators, paraprofessionals, clerical assistants, and independent contractors. Establish a method for identifying conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity. 

    Performance Standards

    • Appropriate use of state and local funds 
    • Proper management of state and local budgets 
    • Accurate reports of caseload by type, including conflict cases 
    • Accurate reports of state and local budgets and expenditures 
    • Ethical, zealous, individualized representation of each client entitled to the services of the Circuit Public Defender Office 
    Minimum Qualifications: Under OCGA § 17-12-21, to be eligible to fill the position of circuit public defender, a person must: 
    • Have attained the age of 25 years; 
    • Have been duly admitted and licensed to practice law in the superior courts for at least three years; 
    • Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia; and 
    • If previously disbarred from the practice of law, have been reinstated as provided by law. 

    Preferred Qualifications: Candidates for the position of circuit public defender should possess: 

    • A strong, demonstrable interest in the effective defense of indigent people accused of crimes; 
    • Sufficient experience in the defense of criminal cases (or equivalent trial experience) to permit the candidate to evaluate the qualifications of the Assistant Public Defenders employed in the Circuit and to train or assist in the training of less-experienced public defenders; 
    • Experience as lead counsel in the defense of a person accused of a crime in at least ten felony cases tried to completion before a jury, at least two of which involved potential sentences of life in prison; 
    • Leadership skills and the ability to oversee the management of a Circuit Public Defender office and insure that Standards and Guidelines implemented by GPDC are consistently met or exceeded throughout the circuit; and 
    • The ability to establish and maintain sound fiscal policy and practice, supervise attorneys and other staff, communicate well with other participants in the criminal justice system, as well as with local government representatives. 

    Interested applicants should fill out and submit the State of Georgia employment application, résumé, writing sample, and cover letter to: 

    Mr. Sam Sanders, Conasauga Supervisory Panel Chair 
    c/o GPDC – C. Karounos 
    104 Marietta Street NW 
    Suite 400 
    Atlanta, GA 30303 

    Or by email to: 

    ckarounos@gapubdef.org, Subject: Conasauga CPD Application

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