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The KY Public Advocacy Commission seeks applicants for the position of Public Advocate for the KY Department of Public Advocacy to begin September 16, 2017. 

The Public Advocate is the Chief Administrator of the Department of Public Advocacy, an independent Executive Branch agency within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The Public Advocate, whose office is located in Frankfort, Kentucky, leads the statewide public defender system, creates a vision for the agency, inspires its mission and forward direction, administers a $50+ million annual budget, sets policy for the agency and its employees, and oversees 545 employees in 36 offices across the Commonwealth. The agency has a trial, post-trial, and administrative division. The Public Advocate also provides oversight to the Protection and Advocacy Division, which is an independent division within the Department. The Public Advocacy Commission, a 12-person governing board, supervises the Public Advocate. 

Written submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. eastern on July 28, 2017.  Send to Public Advocate Search Committee, c/o Jessie Luscher, Department of Public Advocacy, 5 Mill Creek Park, Frankfort, KY 40601. Facsimiles are not accepted. The Commonwealth of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Electronic submittals will be accepted by sending to A job description, duties, competencies, qualifications and further application requirements can be found HERE.

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​​​​​​​​​Kentucky’s statewide public defense program has over 400 full-time attorneys and over 150 private attorneys on contract doing conflict representation. Together, they represent over 158,000 clients each year. Our attorneys do not do this alone. They are assisted by our dedicated Alternative Sentencing Workers, Investigators, Mitigation Specialists and Office Support Professionals who serve our clients every day. We are also grateful to the public, legislators, media, judges, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals with whom we work as we strive to protect the individual liberties of our clients and as we work for solutions that serve our clients and the public. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.​​

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