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There is in the County and in the Department the position of Public Defender. The position shall be in the Unclassified Service of the County and shall be filled by appointment by the Chief Administrative Officer in accordance with the County Charter and of the rules and policies established thereunder, and County ordinances. The Public Defender shall serve at the pleasure of the Chief Administrative Officer. A person is not eligible to the office of Public Defender unless the person has been a practicing attorney in all of the courts of the State of California for at least the year preceding the date of his or her appointment in accordance with Section 27701 of the Government Code. The Public Defender shall exercise general supervision of the Department.
(Amended by Ord. No. 9629 (N.S.), effective 4-15-04; amended by Ord. No. 9737 (N.S.), effective 10-27-05; amended by Ord. No. 9839 (N.S.), operative 3-30-07; amended by Ord. No. 9989 (N.S.), effective 7-16-09)
State law reference(s) -- Eligibility, Gov. Code, § 27701.