About Public Defender Services

​​​​Public Defender Services funds all indigent defense for the State of West Virginia. Representation is provided by two methods: private attorneys on a court-appointed basis and full-time public defenders. Public Defender Services pays each private attorney and other service providers for each case pursuant to a court order, following review by a Circuit Judge. Full-time Public Defenders are employees of a Public Defender Corporation organized at the Circuit Court level. These Corporations are separate legal entities but are funded by Public Defender Services.

In addition to payment for legal services in criminal proceedings, Public Defender Services pays for representation of indigent parties in abuse and neglect, mental hygiene, and juvenile proceedings. Public Defender Services does not provide representation from this office except in a limited number of appellate matters. 

​​For the organizational chart, click here. For contact information fo​r Public Defender Services' office staff, click here.​​ ​


​​PDS Bios

DANA F. EDDY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Dana F. Eddy is a graduate of Salem College, West Virginia, with a double major in mathematics and public administration, and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School. Effective July 1, 2013, Dana was appointed by the Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of the State of West Virginia, to the position of Executive Director of Public Defender Services, a West Virginia state agency. He has continued in this position during the administration of the Honorable Jim Justice. Before his appointment, Dana was in private practice, which included service on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of West Virginia. Dana’s other positions have included serving as the Managing Trial Attorney in West Virginia for Nationwide Trial Division; an equity partner at the law firm of Jackson & Kelly; General Counsel to the Honorable Gaston Caperton, Governor of the State of West Virginia; and in-house litigation counsel for One Valley Bancorp. Dana is an avid tennis player, at which he is average, and avid reader of fiction, at which he is pretty good.​

MARK A. DOYLE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bio coming soon.

DONALD L. STENNETT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

​Bio coming soon.

BRENDA K. THOMPSON, GENERAL COUNSEL

​Bio coming soon.​

LEEANN M. DOYLE, DIRECTOR OF APPOINTED COUNSEL SERVICES

Bio coming soon. ​


Find more PDS bios on the About pages for PDS divisions. ​