Public Defender Advisory Board


Duties and responsibilities of the Montgomery County Public Defender Advisory Board include playing the primary role in appointing the Chief Public Defender for the County. In addition, the Advisory Board supports the successful operation of the Office of the Public Defender and provide input on policy, priorities, and legislation that impact the justice system. The Advisory Board will also identify opportunities to advance equity in the criminal justice system on the local, state, and federal levels and serve as a resource hub and informational clearinghouse for all attorneys in the county who have an indigent defense practice.


  • Paul Heaton, Chair
  • Geoffrey Hood, Vice Chair
  • Katie Daly, Secretary
  • Maria Maneos
  • Jeff Abramowitz
  • Eddie Graham
  • Emmett Madden
  • Emily Rich
  • Bernadine Ahonkhai

Meeting Dates

The board will meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m.:

  • February 23, 2023
  • March 23, 2023
  • May 25, 2023 (CANCELED)
  • June 22, 2023
  • July 27, 2023
  • August 24, 2023
  • September 28, 2023
  • October 26, 2023
  • November 30, 2023 (because November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 28, 2023

Agendas and Minutes

View the agendas and minutes for the Public Defender Advisory Board.

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Interested in serving on this board? Fill out an application of interest here