Current & Past Appointed Public Defender's for Greene County Government, Pennsylvania




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County Office Building
Lower Level
93 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Public Defender's . . . 1976 to present day
Department of Law and Order, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania



Greene County Office Building, Lower Level
93 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852--5271 / Fax: 724-852-5348
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

First established in 1976 in Greene County, the public defender position is appointed by the County Commissioners. The public defender's mission is to provide legal representation to indigent defendants in Pennsylvania by safeguarding fundamental individual rights and ensuring access to the guaranteed protections afforded by the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

History:
The Public Defender was established to provide constitutionally required representation of indigent criminal defendants. In juvenile court, the public defender's office represents minors accused of being delinquent.

In 2007, it became necessary to also retain an Assistant Public Defender to assist with the ever-increasing case load.

Past and present — Public Defender's:
The following is a listing of past to present appointed public defenders and assistant public defenders:
Public Defenders:
  • James B. F. Rinehart (1971—1972)
  • Richard P. Krill (1972—1974?)
  • James D. Murphy (1974?—1976)
  • John Stets (1976—1988)
  • Lou Dayich (1988—1991)
  • Elizabeth Haque (1991)
  • John Hardisty (1992—1996)
  • Harry J. Cancelmi, Jr. (1996—present)
Assistant Public Defenders:
  • Leslie L. Ridge (2007—May 2011)
  • Rose Semple (August 2011—2013)
  • Patrick Fitch (2013—07/18/2016)
  • Kimberly Furmanek (08/01/2016—present)

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370


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