We are currently seeking to fill two (2) positions. New attorneys and experienced advocates are encouraged to apply. Position and salary is dependent on experience and fit. Applicants must include a cover letter and resume for consideration.
Skagit County Public Defender seeks skilled, committed attorneys to provide zealous legal representation to indigent clients. Representation may include work in Skagit County District Court, Superior Court, or Juvenile Court. Our Office represents adult and juvenile clients facing misdemeanor criminal charges, felony criminal charges, juvenile status offenses, civil contempt of court, and civil mental health involuntary treatment commitments.
Skagit County Public Defender strives to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, flexible, and supportive of our employees. Our attorneys work with in-house legal assistants, contracted investigators, and professional experts to provide client-centered representation. Attorneys are encouraged to go to trial and are supported by experienced supervisors. In keeping with state court rules and best practices, we remain within caseload standards for indigent defense and provide opportunities for in-house and outside continuing education. Under current Office COVID protocol, attorneys may telework when they do not have court or client-related obligations. COVID telework protocols are subject to future revision or elimination. However, attorneys will continue to be permitted to telework a minimum of two days per week so long as they are able to meet their court and client-related obligations.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is a required condition of employment with the Skagit County Public Defender's Office. Proof of vaccination is required upon hire.
Public Defender I: Starting salary is currently $70,814.64 to $75,856.80 annually (step 1 through 3), dependent upon qualifications.
Public Defender II: Starting salary is currently $75,769.68 to $81,164.88 annually (step 1 through 3), dependent upon qualifications.
Public Defender III: Starting salary is currently $81,164.88 to $86,988.48 (step 1 through 3), dependent upon qualifications.
Per County policy, progressive step pay increases (steps 1-10) are based upon years of service with Skagit County. Advancement from Public Defender I through Senior is determined by the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement. Non-management attorneys have the potential to advance to Senior Deputy, currently with a top step/salary of $123,742.08. Salary increases for all attorney positions are anticipated for 2023, but increases are not guaranteed.