Public Defender

OCEA members in the Public Defender’s office are represented by union stewards and a professional staff of labor relations representatives. Standing together, every OCEA member in the Public Defender’s office plays a role in achieving better wages, retirement security and fair rights on the job.

The information below is a resource for all OCEA members in the Public Defender’s office. Below, you will find a list of stewards and staff representatives for OCEA members assigned to the Public Defender’s office. You’ll also find the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is the negotiated union contract that sets forth the wages, hours and working conditions guiding your employment. And you can also find updates and news from OCEA about what’s happening in your agency and across the County.

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Safety Conditions in OC Detention Facilities

April 6, 2020

As we enter a new week, I again want to say thank you for all you do for our community on the front-lines of the fight against COVID-19. You have all served with courage and professionalism in the face of the pandemic.

Public workers meet COVID-19 crisis head-on

April 3, 2020

The Voice of OC digital news publication printed an editorial written by OCEA that reflects the commitment, professionalism and dedication you and your fellow OCEA members have demonstrated to the community as the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded. The article has my by-line but it is actually written by all of you and the work you do every day to keep Orange County safe in dangerous times.

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Judy Bowling
Erick Castellanos
Lubna Debbini
Leticia Guerrero
Jessica Herrera
Sergio Mejia
Sergio Moya
Rene Pena
Jhosue Perez
Valerie Preciado


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Michelle Rubio

Labor Relations Specialist