In 1979, the Public Defender statute (section 21-1-101, C.R.S.) was amended to create a Public Defender Commission. The Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court now appoints Colorado citizens to serve on this commission, which consists of 3 attorneys and 2 lay persons.
The current members of the Public Defender Commission are:
Megan A. Ring was appointed as the Colorado State Public Defender, effective August 1, 2018.