Public Defender Commission

Expiration Date Member Last First Represents
07/01/2025 Fletcher Gabriel Attorney
07/01/2026 Hager Eva Attorney
07/01/2026 Roley Iris Attorney



The Public Defender Commission appoints the Hamilton County Public Defender and sets the general operational policy for the office. The Public Defender assesses indigency, subject to review of the Court, and the staff provides legal and administrative services that ensure effective representation in criminal and family law matters.

Establishing Authority:

Pursuant to Chapter 120 of the Ohio Revised Code the County Commissioners established the Public Defender Commission on July 26, 1976 by BOCC resolution, Volume 183, Image 36.


The commission shall have five members, three of whom shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), and two by the presiding judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. At least one member appointed by each of these appointing bodies shall be an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. Meetings shall be held at least quarterly and at such other times as called by the chairman or by request of the County Public Defender.


Terms of office shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his term until his successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.


Members may receive an amount fixed by the County Commissioner's, not in excess of the amounts set for the members of the OH Public Defender Commission pursuant to ORC Section 124.14 per diem, and necessary expenses including mileage for each mile traveled.


Raymond T. Faller, County Public Defender
230 E Ninth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: (513) 946-3880
Email: [email protected]