Examples of Duties Please Note: This is an at-will classification and serves at the pleasure of the County Public Defender. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assists with planning, organizing, and administering the County program for providing legal counsel and representation to eligible persons accused of criminal offenses.
- Assists with development of Department policies and procedures.
- Assists with the development, justification, and expenditure control of the Department budget.
- Has a major role in the development and evaluation of Department staff.
- Assigns cases to Deputy Public Defenders, providing a variety of legal advice and consultation during the development and progress of assigned cases.
- Organizes legal research and resource material for the Public Defender's Office.
- Conducts investigations, interviews defendants and witnesses, examines evidence, and prepares and presents the more complex defense cases for indigent clients.
- Represents the Public Defender's Office and discusses public defense programs with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officials and other members of justice systems.
- Acts as defense counsel in a wide variety of criminal cases.
- Prepares pleading and other legal documents in connection with suits, trials, hearings and other legal proceedings.
- Provides direction and coordination for Department support staff.
- Assigns investigators to secure evidence as needed.
- Acts for the County Public Defender in the Public Defender's absence.
Minimum Qualifications Experience:
Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional legal experience as an attorney involving criminal law practice, including substantial trial and legal defense experience. It is preferably that one (1) year of the work experience be in a management or supervisory capacity.Education:
Two (2) years of experience in a capacity equivalent to Public Defender IV in Merced County, or, three (3) years of experience in a capacity equivalent to Public Defender III in Merced County is equivalent to the requisite experience.Licenses:
Active membership in the State Bar of California.
Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain. ALLOWANCES
$100 per month expense allowance.
HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).
10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).
.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.
Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.
Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.
County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.
County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.
DISABILITY INSURANCE Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County. LIFE INSURANCE
$80,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.
The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.
EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.
MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount. EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
MHNEAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.
For more information log on to members.mhn.com.
EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS
The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.
THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.
For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary