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SECTION 716
Public defender; appointment; term; other employees
County (CNT) CHAPTER 11, ARTICLE 18-A
§ 716. Public defender; appointment; term; other employees. The board
of supervisors of any county may create an office of public defender, or
may authorize a contract between its county and one or more other such
counties to create an office of public defender to serve such counties.
A city may create an office of public defender in any county wholly
contained within its borders and such city shall possess with respect to
such office all the powers conferred upon a board of supervisors by the
provisions of this article. The board or boards of supervisors may
designate an attorney-at-law as public defender and shall fix his term
and compensation. Subject to the approval of such board or boards, the
public defender may appoint as many assistant attorneys, clerks,
investigators, stenographers and other employees as he may deem
necessary and as shall be authorized by such board or boards. The
public defender shall fix the compensation of such aides and assistants
within the amounts such board or boards may appropriate for such
purposes. Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the
creation of county offices, where the board of supervisors of any county
has established an office of public defender by resolution, and
thereafter such office is created by local law, such local law may
authorize the payment of compensation and other expenses incurred in the
operation of said office retroactive to the date of the adoption of said
resolution.