Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespectProfessionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

The Mission of the Public Defender's Office is to provide complete, quality legal representation to indigent defendants who are faced with a possible jail sentence and are charged with a municipal ordinance violation in the Aurora Municipal Court. The Public Defender's Office is governed by the Public Defender Commission, which ensures that indigent clients are represented in accordance with its strict guidelines.

Under the direction of the Public Defender's Commission, manages the Public Defender's Office by leading the department to provide professional legal counsel to and defend indigent clients in cases brought before the Municipal Court; establishes management practices and processes that ensure effective performance standards and handles complex municipal ordinance cases.
This position is not a Career Service position; employee works at the pleasure of Public Defender's Commission and has no Career Service rights.

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.**

Those applications received without a Writing Sample, Resume, and Cover Letter will not be reviewed.


  • Directs the City's Public Defender's Office, its team of Deputy Public Defenders and the administration needs of the department
  • Supervises the partnership with the City and drives the overall goals and initiatives between the two entities
  • Manages the strategic development of the City's Public Defender's Office in conjuncture with the Public Defender's Commission
  • Manages oversight for the implementation of operational goals, policies, and directives for the department
  • Lead the Public Defender's Office in its operations, legal services, and relationships with City, Commission, and Court
  • Provides mentorship and guidance to the team of Deputy Public Defenders
  • Establishes and promotes a positive, productive relationship with the Court
  • Accomplishes Office objectives by developing strategic goals, policies and work standards for the department.
  • Provides the City and its various agencies, commissions, boards, officers, and employees the necessary and proper legal services to ensure that the activities of the City are conducted in accordance with the requirements of Federal, State, and local laws
  • Represents and defends indigent defendants in cases brought before the municipal court charged with municipal ordinance violations in the Aurora Municipal Court
  • Examines evidence, reviews, prepares, and presents cases
  • Counsels clients on legal rights and responsibilities
  • Initiates and defends appeals in appellate courts, when appropriate
  • Ensures public defender coverage for multiple courtrooms, including problem-solving courts and court sessions
  • Works on numerous trials and hearings, client interviews, motions, and/or appeals
  • Reviews attorney and staff work product to ensure sound legal advice, representation, and that accurate and sufficient documentation is provided
  • Supervises the development of solutions to organizational and operations problems, responsible for organizational management (development, staffing, and conflict) and allocating resources
  • Oversees the supervision of career development for the entire Office of Public Defenders
  • Directs and manages the departmental budgets
  • Participates in City/County relations, City/State relations and City/Federal relations
  • Responds to City Council requests, participates in City Council Committees, workshops, special sessions and represents the Department to all organizations within and outside of the City
  • Represents the Public Defender's Office in meetings with elected and/or appointed officials and other city entities
  • Provides reports and information to the Public Defender's Commission, as requested
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Commission



  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and License to Practice Law in the State of Colorado
  • Minimum of eight (8) years experience in the active practice of law
  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisor experience
  • Must receive superior reviews and recommendation from attorney supervisor and/or judges
  • Applicants must have no grievances resolved against them by any state Attorney regulation board
  • Must have trial experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principals
  • Practices and procedures related to criminal courtroom proceedings
  • Case preparation and presentation; application of laws of the State of Colorado and ordinances of the City of Aurora
  • Legal terminology
  • Trial practice and tactics
  • Appellate procedures
  • Be knowledgeable of the current status of the law through legal education so as to carry out the primary duties and responsibilities of the department
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees
  • Citizens and City officials
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Work independently
  • Make oral presentations
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical communication, organizational and decision-making skills
Licenses and Certificates Required
  • A current license to practice law in the State of Colorado
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

  • Must be a resident of the State of Colorado


Physical Demands:

  • Sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing
  • Eye/hand coordination to operate a computer system
  • Speech communication, and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens
Work Environment:
  • Works in a clean, comfortable environment
Equipment Used:
  • Personal computer
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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