Public Defense Services Director and long-time APDA Board Member Lori Lefferts announces her retirement effective February 2, 2018. A recruitment has begun for her replacement.

Pima County is seeking applicants with demonstrated leadership and management skills to serve as Director of the Department of Public Defense Services. The Director plans, coordinates, and oversees the administrative functions and activities of the department, which is comprised of the Public Defender’s Office, the Legal Defender’s Office, the Legal Advocate’s Office, the Office of Children’s Counsel, the Office of Court Appointed Counsel, the Mental Health Defenders, and the Public Fiduciary. The Director is responsible for administering a $33 million budget, and management of over 270 employees.

The Director of Public Defense Services promotes a vision for the agency, and leads the department’s efforts to preserve, protect, and advance the right to counsel for indigent persons. In consultation and collaboration with the department leads, the Director identifies and implements best practices in public defense management to ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective public defense services in Pima County.

The Director determines the agency’s organizational structure and personnel needs, and develops policies for the selection, training, supervision and evaluation of professional, technical, and clerical staff. In addition, the Director monitors the use of funds, and prepares management reports, summary reports and other informational reports for Pima County Administration and the Board of Supervisors. Annually, the Director prepares and presents the agency’s budget to the Board of Supervisors.

For more details, and to apply, visit the Pima County Job Opportunities website at this link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pima, search for PDS Director, click on the job title, and then click on Apply. You may contact our hiring manager, Dominic.lancaster@pima.gov with any questions.