Public Defender of San Francisco

Employer / Organization

San Francisco County

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jul 18, 2022 - Aug 12, 2022


The Public Defender of San Francisco is charged with protecting and defending the rights of those who have been charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. The Public Defender strives to protect and defend clients by utilizing effective, compassionate, and creative legal advocacy. The Public Defender represents an estimated 23,000 people per year, providing them with the necessary defense services. The salary of this position is $234,302 per year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three simple steps: 1) Contact the county clerk's office of your official residence to verify that you qualify for the position. All candidate filings for all California positions are handled by the county elections office of the candidate's official residence. You should also verify that you meet any other requirements (for example, living within the district for a specified amount of time prior to the election). Most county elections departments understand that first time candidates may have some additional questions or concerns, and they will answer questions when you are picking up your paperwork, or will allow you to schedule an appointment to speak with someone. 2) Obtain the appropriate filing papers from the county elections office and complete the paperwork required. If there is any difficulty in connecting with this office, contact the California Secretary of State's Elections Division at (916) 657-2166 or to help obtain the correct contact information for your county elections department. 3) Submit the candidacy papers within the 113-88 day filing window prior to the election. If you have any questions regarding running for this position, contact the San Francisco Board of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or or the California Secretary of State Elections Division as soon as possible. For this position there is a filing fee of $500, however if 1,000 signatures are gathered, the fee is waived. The filing fee is reduced by .50 for each valid signature gathered and signatured must be submitted within the specified window. The period for submitting petitions in lieu of the filing fee is 6/3/2016 to 7/26/2016.

Submit application to:
San Francisco Department of Elections, City Hall, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US