Director, Public Defense

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Job location
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Thurston County
Street address: 
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Thurston County seeks an experienced executive with a strong background and diverse expertise in public defense issues and policies. The Director will have strong administrative skills to manage, administer and execute public defense efforts that provide quality legal representation to court-appointed clients.

The Director provides the Board of County Commissioners with expert guidance and advice regarding programs; ensures the mission and goals of the Department are carried out; and proactively promotes the Department's goals and mission. As an energetic and passionate leader, the Director advances the Department's mission, builds strong alliances; and develops and puts into motion long range plans to further develop and expand the Department's mission and goals0

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*Must have graduated from an accredited and recognized school of law. Must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
*Six years or more of practice as an attorney with at least three years demonstrated ability in criminal law. Three years of supervisory experience at a senior management level.
*Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages.
*Current Washington State Driver’s License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
*Must successfully pass a criminal background and reference checks.

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To apply: 

How to Apply: All applicants must complete and submit, online, a Thurston County application for consideration. The application and recruitment containing details about the position are available at

Questions about this Position? The contact person for this recruitment is Devi Watson at (360) 786-5498 Ext. 7389 or [email protected]
Salary range: 
$8,869.00 - $11,825.00 Monthly