Douglas K Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender

Office of the Colorado State Public Defender

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What We Do
Colorado's Office of the State Public Defender is known for high-quality representation and an efficient organizational structure which provides effective assistance of counsel in a cost-conscious manner.

Our system is comprised of 21 regional trial offices, a centralized appellate office that handles appeals from every jurisdiction in the state, as well as a centralized state administrative office. The system employs 488 lawyers and a total staff of 779 FTE.

The Public Defender managerial staff includes; Douglas K. Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender; Frances Smylie Brown, General Counsel; Brian N. Connors and James O'Connor, Chief Deputy Public Defenders; Daniel B. King and Tamara A. Brady, Chief Trial Deputies; Ann M. Roan and Jennifer Ahnstedt, Training Directors; Karen S. Porter, Chief Financial Officer; Tony Petruccelli, Chief Information Officer; and Office Heads and Office Managers in each of the regional and appellate offices.

For fiscal year 2015, the Office's operating budget is approximately 83 million dollars, which will support an estimated 160,000 cases carried this year by our regional trial and appellate offices. For detailed information concerning the current and planned operations of the Office of the State Public Defender, please see the Annual Performance Report.


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