Public Defender Board

Established by Allen County Code Ordinance Number 8-06-03-23 on August 6, 2003 (Title 1-Article 17), the Board consists of three members: one member appointed by the Allen County Board of Commissioners, and two members from different political parties appointed by a majority vote of the judges who exercise felony or juvenile jurisdiction. Appointments are for three years and are unpaid. Meetings are held at least quarterly.


The board oversees the Allen County Public Defender's Office who provides criminal defense to indigent defendants in the courts of Allen County as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Indiana Constitution, and Indiana law.

The following persons shall be ineligible to serve as members of the Board:

  1. City employee
  2. Town employee
  3. County attorney
  4. Law enforcement officer
  5. Judge or
  6. Court employee