Public Defender

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Job location
1315 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Kern County Public Defender's Office
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Kern County Board of Supervisors is seeking a Public Defender that will create and maintain an environment where excellence and innovation thrive. The Kern County Public Defender is a Department Head position, appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and is directly responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating a program for providing high quality, cost efficient legal counsel and representation to indigent people charged with criminal violations. The Public Defender is also responsible for overseeing and directing representation of juveniles in dependency and delinquency matters, certain conserved individuals, and represents others in connection with a variety of civil proceedings involving mental health matters.


Priority consideration will be given to those applicants with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a practicing attorney, including at least five (5) years in the extensive practice of criminal law.

To apply: 

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to [email protected]. Information should include a description of the type of legal, administrative and management experience; scope of responsibilities; number and level of staff managed; training, education and experience; schools, colleges and universities attended and three (3) work-related references. To view a full description and recruitment brochure, please visit:

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$173,986-$212,400; DOE
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 24, 2017