All County Objectives

COVID Impacted
# 22

Public Defender

Progress impacted by COVID-19. Budget constraints created by the economic impact of the pandemic may result in further objective delays or discontinuing work. Departments will complete this analysis for the December 2020 update.
By June 2020, the County Administrative Office will complete an organizational review of the Public Defender's Office to determine whether to continue contracting for services or create a new County department.

Key Steps

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Coordinate with current law firms providing Public Defender services to survey local trends, caseload management and needs of indigent defendants. Compare Public Defender services for similar counties with either contracted or in-house services. Work with Personnel to establish a salary and benefits projection for a potential new County department. Work with General Services, Information Services and other County departments on potential new expenses and requirements.
Plan Reference: Collaborating Depts:
1.C.ii, 6.D.i GSD, ISD Organizational Review 90%

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