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Public Defenders Commission


CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mark Budzar
310 W. Lakeside Ave., Suite 400, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216-443-8386
mbudzar@cuyahogacounty.us


WEBSITE:
http://publicdefender.cuyahogacounty.us/


DESCRIPTION OF BOARD AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The County Public Defender Commission shall appoint the County Public Defender. The Commission determines the qualifications and size of the supporting staff and facilities and other requirements needed to maintain and operate the office of the County Public Defender.


QUALIFICATIONS:
While there are not formal qualifications, members are subject to appointment by the County Executive and the Court of Common Pleas and must be vetted as capable by those entities.


MEMBERSHIP:

Name  Term Ends Appointed By/Representation
Gordon Friedman 12/31/2024 County Executive
Fernando Mack 12/31/2024 County Executive
Erika Anthony 12/31/2023 County Executive
James J. McDonnell, Esq. 12/31/2024 Court of Common Pleas
Thomas E. Shaughnessy, Esq. 12/31/2023 Court of Common Pleas


MEETING SCHEDULE/AGENDAS:
Meetings shall be held quarterly and at such other times as called by the chairperson or by request of the public defender at Courthouse Square - 310 W. Lakeside, 4th Floor Conference Room. Please contact the Public Defender's Office for more information.


BYLAWS:
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LINK TO APPLICATION:
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