Franklin County Public Defender Salaries Going Up

The starting salary for public defenders in Franklin County is going up. Currently there are two attorney positions open and two more that will be empty by the end of the month. According to officials, no one is applying to fill any of them. Two attorneys there now are leaving at the tend of the month. One position, the Conflict Defender’s staff attorney position, has been opened for over a year. Despite appearances at job fairs, there has been little interest. The public defender thinks low pay, location and long hours are what’s keeping people away. Now, a new resolution will have those jobs advertised at $65,000 a year as one way to make the open positions more attractive.