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Public Defender Commission

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Usually meets at the Public Defender’s Office, 14999 E. Alameda Parkway, 2nd floor of Municipal Justice Center, on the 4th Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. However, Due to the current COVID-19 situation, meetings are held virtually.  For the most current information regarding meeting dates and times, click on the Boards & Commissions Calendar button.          


To ensure, through its ability to appoint and discharge the public defender and his or her assistants, that indigent clients are represented independently of any political consideration or private interests, provide legal services to indigent persons accused of violation of municipal ordinances that are commensurate with those available to non indigents and conduct the office in accordance with the Colorado Code of Professional Standards relating to the administration of criminal justice, the defense function. 

Three citizen members and four attorney members

Number of Members: 7
Term:3 years

Current Roster

  • David Kaplin, Attorney

  • Tom Ashburn, Citizen  

  • Thomas Tobiassen, Citizen- Chair

  • Frances Brown, Attorney

  • Johanna Cartledge, Citizen    

  • Colette Tvedt, Attorney

  • Sara Hildebrand, Attorney


City Staff Liaison
 Reyna Lopez

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