Assistant Public Defender – PROMOTIONAL ONLY

Monterey County Human Resources
January 12, 2022
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description


Final Filing Deadline: 1/14/2022
Exam #: P22/12C11/01GR

Under administrative direction of the Public Defender, plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the daily operations and activities of the Public Defender's Office; introduces improved efficiencies and effectiveness; acts on behalf of the Public Defender in his/her absence to achieve departmental goals and County mission; manages and assists with the most complex legal cases and performs other work as required.

This single position class in the Public Defender's Office is an assistant department head position reporting directly to the Public Defender. The Assistant Public Defender has responsibility for assisting the Public Defender with departmental administrative matters, directing the day-to-day activities of the Public Defender's Office; assists in the development of and implementation of policies and procedures; and acting as senior counsel in serious, controversial and high penalty cases.

This is a PROMOTIONAL ONLY opportunity and is open only to current, regular County of Monterey employees, and previous employees appearing on an active recall list.

Examples of Duties
Significant Duties:

  • Assist the Public Defender with the administration of the office by developing organization plans and procedures and effects changes; acts for and makes interim policy and procedural decisions in the absence of the Public Defender.
  • Consults with Public Defender on overall department budget; directs and participates in the development of the department's budget, that includes multiple programmatic or functional budgets.
  • Plans, directs and manages administrative support activities in such areas as: budget development, financial administration and reporting, purchasing, contract administration, management analysis, personnel, payroll administration, automation and program evaluation
  • Consults with lead attorneys and supervising attorneys on Court coverage and legal questions and on conflict of interest and other specific case related issues. Consults with Public Defender and the Chief Deputy Public Defenders on various policy and administrative issues.
  • Acts as a liaison with other criminal justice agencies and/or public organizations, various County departments, and funding agencies; assists in community outreach.
  • Responds to and resolves public complains and questions regarding services provided; advises the general public and law enforcement personnel on criminal matters.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff; recommends selection of staff; trains staff in work procedures and provides for their professional development; recommends and/or administers discipline as required.
  • Conducts complex jury trials and special tasks delegated by the Public Defender; makes Court appearances.
  • Advises attorneys in appellate matters and approves the taking of appeals to appropriate Courts.
  • Performs related duties as required.

To view the complete job description , please visit the Monterey County websit e :

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • Duties, powers, responsibilities, limitations and the authorities of the Office of the Public Defender
  • Advanced principles and applications of civil and criminal law, trial procedure and techniques, conduct of court proceedings, rules of evidence, legal research methods and judicial procedures.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
  • Standard legal office practices and procedures.
  • Management of a law office.
  • Operational policies and procedures of other justice departments.
  • Techniques for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicities and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the position.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and implementation.
  • Ethical and professional standards of conduct.
  • Principles and practices of office management.

Skill and Ability to :

  • Interpret and apply legal principles and precedents to new and difficult legal problems
  • Plan, organize and direct the operation of the assigned unit in the Public Defender's Office
  • Analyze complex legal problems, apply appropriate legal principles and practices and take effective course of action.
  • Communicate logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, Judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments, including community groups and associations.
  • Plan, assign, monitor, supervise, guide, counsel and evaluate attorneys in complex areas of law
  • Act as a resource and provide guidance to staff within assigned unit
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Provide excellent public relations and courteous customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, courtesy and compassion

Examples of Experience/Education/Training
Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Five (5) years of broad and progressively responsible experience in prosecuting or defending criminal or civil cases and experience in management and administration or with at least two years in a senior management position which includes direct supervisory, management and administration of one or more divisions.

As a condition of employment, the incumbent is required to: Pursuant to Section 6060 of the Business and Professions Code, possess current, valid membership in the California State BarPossess a valid California class C driver license or be able to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority
Additional Information


Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "Y " Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website : Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution prevail over this listing.

COVID -19 :
On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . A pplicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated . However, individuals may request medical Medical or religious Religion exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date.


As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at , by 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

Public Defender

Attn: Ginger Ramirez, Human Resources

168 W Alisal St, 3rd Floor

Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: (831) 759-6723

Fax: (831) 757-5792

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.


Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Ginger Ramirez, Associate Personnel Analyst , at (831) 759-6723 or

Closing Date/Time: 1/14/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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