This committee shall have the following powers and duties: 1) Hire the Public Defender contract administrator and evaluate their performance. 2) Terminate the contract administrator for cause. 3) Advise the contract administrator on matters relating to the delivery of Public Defender services in the Phoenix City Court. 4) Consider Public Defender candidates recommended by the contract administrator and, upon approval, authorize the contract administrator to enter into any necessary contracts with approved candidates. 5) Review the annual budget for the contract administrator's office during the course of its preparation and make recommendations to the contract administrator with respect to the budget. 6) Direct contract administrator to prepare such reports as the Committee may require concerning the operation of the contract administrator's office. 7) Review any payment ordinances prior to their submission to the City Council.
This Committee consists of seven citizen members appointed by the City Council. The Committee, none of whose members shall be a prosecutor, judge, or member of the City Council, shall be composed of the following: One member shall be a representative of the Maricopa County Bar Association; One Member shall be a member of the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office; Five Members shall be private citizens, at least one of whom shall be an attorney who is an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Members shall serve for four-year terms.