POSITION: Chief Public Defender
LOCATION: Public Defender’s Office
Wichita County Courthouse Annex
SUPERVISION: Wichita County Commissioners’ Court
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (Or as Required)
SALARY: $5,750.40 – $6,041.51 per month (depending upon qualifications)
(Grade 40, Steps A-C, Wichita County Monthly Salary Table)
POSTING DATE: July 8, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
► GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Organizes, oversees and participates in the practice of criminal law in the defense of individuals
accused of violating state and/or local laws. The Chief Public Defender plans, directs, and
coordinates the functions of the Office of Public Defender, defending and counseling persons not
financially able to employ counsel in criminal and other proceedings as authorized by law and the
Wichita County Commissioner’s Court, to insure that goals and objectives are accomplished within
prescribed time frame and funding parameters by performing the following duties personally or
through departments or subordinate supervisors.
The most critical and time-consuming responsibilities include defense of indigent citizens accused
of crimes, policy implementation, direction of programs/service delivery, and resources
management in a major department or major functional area of the organization. Work is
accomplished within the broadest framework of policy guidance.
► ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
The duties listed below are examples of the work typically performed by the Chief Public
Defender. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties which are
not listed below.
• Serves as the Department Head in the Public Defender’s Office.
• Plans legal policies and direction for indigent defense services.
• Works with judges and other criminal justice personnel to establish a good justice system.
• Develops annual budget.
• Prepares a variety of fiscal and administrative reports.
• Represents eligible persons in a variety of cases, providing the complete cycle of legal
• Evaluates and coordinates the assignment of cases to attorneys and investigators.
• Reviews work and activities of staff.
• Holds discussions and is available to assist in the office and in the courtroom.
• Formulates office policies and structure in order to supply the best representation at the most
• Directs administrative activities in office and represents office at meetings and in dealing with
the public, public officials and other public agencies.
• Complies with and enforces the rules, regulations and policies of the Public Defender's Office
and the oral and written directives of his/her supervisors, and the Texas Code of Professional
• Performs all other duties as assigned.
► MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must be a graduate of an A.B.A. accredited law school.
• Must have a license to practice law in the State of Texas, and in good standing with the State
and local bar associations.
• Must have at least five years of experience in criminal litigation, three of which must have been
specialized in criminal defense.
• It is preferred the candidate have at least two years of supervisory or management
• Must be of extremely high integrity and professional demeanor, and must demonstrate proper
respect to the court at all times.
• Must be able to conduct self in a professional manner and develop and maintain good working
relationships with visitors, clients, co-workers, attorneys, judges and County officials.
• Must pass a pre-employment physical exam and drug test paid by Wichita County.
• Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by Wichita County.
• Must have or be able to obtain a valid Class C Texas driver’s license, as independent travel
may be required.
Thorough Knowledge of:
• Legal principles and practices including civil, criminal, juvenile, constitutional and
administrative law and procedure.
• Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research.
• Methods and practices of pleading civil and criminal cases and of effective techniques in the
presentation of cases in court.
• Trial procedures and rules of evidence.
• Principles and practices of supervision and management.
• Conduct legal research, analyze data, and determine proper courses of action.
• Administer the programs of a legal department.
• Prepare, present and conduct trial defenses and appeals effectively.
• Analyze and apply legal principles.
• Present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically.
• Prepare proper legal instruments.
• Plan, direct and evaluate the work of the other attorneys.
• Render logical, clear, and effective arguments.
• Interpret statues, case histories, and various laws.
• Follow written and verbal instructions.
• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.
• Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics
to top management, public groups and in the courtroom.
► CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Must be able to occasionally lift and move loads weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
• The Public Defender’s Office is a non-smoking environment.
► APPLY TO:
Texas Workforce Solutions
4309 Jacksboro Highway, Suite 300
Wichita Falls, Texas 76302
Human Resources Office
900 7th Street, Room 133
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of Wichita County to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job
categories without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. It is the policy of Wichita County to
consider qualified individuals according to ADA standards. If notified in advance, requested accommodations will be
considered. Final reasonable accommodations will be determined in accordance with ADA standards by departments after
appropriate consultation. Rejected accommodations will be documented and retained on file.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all persons to whom a job offer is extended to provide proof of
identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. before employment processing is completed.
TEXAS RELAY: TDD 1-800-735-2989, VOICE 1-800-735-2988. For candidates requesting Braille, Mobility requests, etc.,
please call 940.766.8108. HR/ADA Compliance Office, Room 133, Wichita County Courthouse, 900 7th Street, Wichita Falls,