The Administrative Division consists of six
sections: Human Resources, Information Systems, Fiscal, Office
Services, County Reimbursement, and the Legal Resource Center.
The mission of the administrative division
is to provide quality support services that are responsive to
the agency’s needs, goals, and objectives, and accountable to
the public concern. Much of the division provides the necessary
services common to most state agencies, including fiscal and
accounting, personnel and training, computer information
systems, purchasing, fleet management, and delivery. In
addition, the Administrative Division also provides services
specifically mandated by O.R.C. §120, including: collecting
reimbursement from the counties for legal services provided by
the Ohio Public Defender; processing reimbursement to the
counties for indigent defense programs; producing educational
seminars and conferences; and maintaining the office’s library.
John D. Alge supervises this division.
Human Resources Section
The Human Resources Section provides
comprehensive personnel, training, and employee services for the
agency. This section is responsible for retaining quality
employees for the Ohio Public Defender. In recent years, this
section has also taken over responsibilities previously
fulfilled by the Department of Administrative Services,
including: personnel actions, position descriptions; and
non-disputed disability claims. Sharon Allison is the Human
Resources Director for the Ohio Public Defender.
Information Systems Section
The Computer Information Systems Section
plans and manages all Ohio Public Defender computer systems and
provides training and support to Ohio Public Defender employees.
In addition, the staff coordinates application development
efforts, provides computer services to the Branch Offices, and
assists the library in maintaining on-line legal research tools.
The agency’s computer staff have designed and developed a
premier computer system. Frequently, outside entities such as
county public defender offices and other state organizations
contact our computer staff regarding our network design. Ken
McNeil is the IT Director for the Ohio Public Defender.
Office Services Section
The Office Services Section provides
basic support services including: purchasing equipment and
supplies; managing agency inventory; providing records and fleet
management; planning office space and facilities;
telecommunications; copying; and delivery services. Dennis
Taylor is the Office Services Manager for the Ohio Public
The Fiscal Section provides accounting
services such as payroll, purchase order processing, revenue
collection, financial reporting, and record-keeping. Fiscal
staff provide division heads and the director with monthly
updates on their respective budgets and personal service
contracts. The staff also create and publish an annual financial
report in order to provide a permanent budgetary history of the
Ohio Public Defender.
The County Reimbursement Program
processes indigent defense reimbursement payments to the
counties and court-appointed attorneys. Together, Ohio county
public defenders handled over 244,000 cases in fiscal year 2002.
The costs for operating these systems was $39,742,003. The Ohio
Public Defender then reimburses these counties for up to 50% of
allowable costs, which amounted to $15,561,292 in fiscal year
In addition, the Ohio Public Defender is
responsible for reimbursing counties for court-appointed counsel
in death penalty representation. The Ohio Public Defender
reimbursed counties a total of $866,522 in fiscal year 2002 for
death penalty representation. Assistant
State Public Defender Kathryn Smith runs the County
The County Outreach Program
has recently been reinstated. This program provides a free
consulting service to Ohio Counties, conducting an in-depth
evaluation of their local indigent defense system. This
evaluation includes making recommendation to help counties
reduce costs, improving the quality of service, and maximizing
state reimbursements. The Ohio Public Defender observes each of
the courts and/or speaks with judges, prosecutors, public
defenders, local bar members, county commissioners, auditors,
court reporters, and bailiffs. The office gathers data, prepare
budgets, conduct statistical analysis, and provides other
information on current and alternative delivery systems. The
service is free and can be requested by any county official.
During the past three years, the indigent defense systems in
Delaware, Van Wert, and Mahoning Counties were evaluated and
recommendations were made to the Boards of County Commissioners.
Assistant State Public Defender Dan Jones runs the County
Center is the Ohio
Public Defender’s library, which the office is required to
maintain under O.R.C. § 120.04. This library contains more than
1,000 titles, and includes reporters, books, digests, seminar
materials, periodicals, video and audio cassettes, expert
witness lists, law review articles, and news clippings.
Public Defender employee has access to computer assisted legal
The Legal Resource center supplements its collections and
services with the resources of the Supreme Court of Ohio Law
Library, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society
Archives Library, the Ohio
State University Libraries,
and the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries.
Resource Center serves the staff of the central office, branch
and regional offices, county public defender offices, appointed
counsel, the private bar, Ohio’s prisoners, and all citizens.
Lisa Ostrolenk is the Librarian for the Ohio Public Defender.
Information Systems Section
County Outreach Program
Legal Resource Center
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