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Public Defense Services Commission Announcement

 The Public Defense Services Commission is pleased to announce that Edward Jones has agreed to serve as interim director of the Office of Public Defense Services while the search for a permanent director proceeds.  Ed brings a tremendous depth of experience with criminal defense and criminal law in general to the position.  After years in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Ed served as the executive director of Multnomah Defenders, Inc. for fourteen years before his appointment to the Multnomah Circuit Court.  There he was appointed as Chief Criminal Judge before retiring in 2017.  Ed returned to indigent defense as the interim director of Metropolitan Public Defender in 2017.  The PDSC is confident that Ed will bring both a strong vision for indigent defense and a calm guiding hand to the system as the interim director of OPDS. More news about the search for a permanent Executive Director will be forthcoming.


Public entrance now closed at OPDS Contracts & Business Services (11/23/2020)

Due to vandalism at the Commercial Street office, the building's public entrance is now locked. Anything you wish to be delivered to OPDS Contracts & Business Services, including to the Accounts Payable department, should be mailed to 198 Commercial St. SE, Ste. 205, Salem, OR 97301.


COVID-19 Updates: From the Office of Public Defense Services

In this unprecedented public health crisis, we remain committed to the health and safety of our public defenders and clients.  
Public defenders face enormous challenges during these times of uncertainty. Stay up to date on how the Office of Public Defense Services is actively working to support our justice system in limiting potential exposure to the coronavirus while also fulfilling our mission to our clients. OPDS is committed to open communications with our providers as we navigate these challenging times together. No one individual or agency can solve these challenges alone.  
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Questions?
Contact Alena Haines at Alena.Haines@opds.state.or.us.

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