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Missouri Public Defender System Could be in Store for Additional Staffing

(MISSOURINET) –  The Missouri Legislature’s 49-billion-dollar state budget proposal includes adding 24 full-time staff support jobs statewide within the state Public Defender System.

Director Mary Fox says the positions would be a mix of legal assistants and investigators, depending on the needs of each office.

The current state budget year included the hiring of 53 public defenders to eliminate a waiting list for services.

Fox says like many other employers, the System is struggling to fill some of those positions.

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