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Chief Public Defender Vacancy

      Chief Public Defender
Kane County, 16th Judicial Circuit


The duties of the public defender are established by statute, (55 ILCS 5/3-4006).  In addition to representing indigent defendants, the Kane County Public Defender appoints and supervises a staff of full and part time attorneys and support staff. The Public Defender will be responsible for establishing office policies, preparation of departmental budgets, and performance of other related work as required. The Public Defender also assigns, directs, and evaluates the work of the legal staff in providing competent legal services to the public within the rules of law and legal ethics.  The Public Defender must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, court officials, public officials, the public, and members of the local Bar Association.

Special Skills or Qualifications Required
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Illinois and have at least five years experience in providing criminal legal services including felony trial work and experience in other areas of criminal law. Other qualifications should include proven effective administrative skills; knowledge of modern principles and practices of criminal law, interviewing and counseling techniques, ability to train and develop subordinate professionals in legal research and presentation methods, and the ability to anticipate and solve various types of problems.

Salary and Benefits
The salary is set by statute at not less than 90% of the compensation of the States Attorney.  The starting salary for this position would be $156,370.29.  The Benefits package is the same as offered to all employees by Kane County.  This position is full time and therefore the incumbent cannot engage in the private practice of law.

To Apply:
All applicants must complete an application available at the Office of the Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.  It is preferred that you request that an application be e-mailed to you by submitting your request to: ChiefJudgeOffice@co.kane.il.us. An application will be e-mailed to you as soon as possible during working hours.  If you so desire one can be mailed to you, through the post office, although this office will not guarantee timely delivery.  Applications will only be accepted by and must be filed with the Chief Judges Office, Suite 400A at the Kane County Judicial Center no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 7, 2020. Applications must have an original signature as any application submitted by e-mail or facsimile will not be accepted.  Applications mailed prior to the deadline but received after the deadline will also not be accepted.

If you desire you may mail your application to:

Chief Judges Office, Suite 400A
Kane County Judicial Center
37W777 Rte. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175