Fort Pierce Office

19th Circuit Public Defender's Office  
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St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce, Florida

216 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
Phone number: (772)462-2048/ Fax number: (772)462-2020
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This office handles criminal cases in both county and circuit court, juvenile cases, mental health cases, and domestic violence injunctions that are under the jurisdiction of Saint Lucie County.  The Public Defender’s Office serving Saint Lucie County is located
just north of the Saint Lucie County Courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Public Defender for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
Diamond R. Litty

Susie Hatch

Office Supervising Attorney
Mary Celidonio

Supervising Secretary

Maria Mahlschnee

Secretarial Assistant
Jill Thurman

Automated Systems
Susan Ignelzi, Automated Systems Director
Ernie Diez, Desktop Analyst
Debbie Perez, Automated Systems Assistant

Rick Kuhn, Automated Systems Assistant

Administrative Asst./Transcription Coordinator
Linda Evans

Amy Perron, Investigator

Volunteer Coordinator
Renee Deschenes

Felony Supervisors
Michelle Rhodeback
Mark Packard
Regan Rosenberg

Jail Attorney
Jodi Cheslock

Felony Division
Mary Celidonio, Assistant Public Defender
Mark Packard, Assistant Public Defender
Michelle Rhodeback, Assistant Public Defender
Regan Rosenberg, Assistant Public Defender
Paul Bernard, Assistant Public Defender
Steven Couzens, Assistant Public Defender

Lizet Dominguez, Assistant Public Defender
Rebecca Kelly, Assistant Public Defender
Ginger Miranda, Assistant Public Defender
David Lewis, Assistant Public Defender
Patricia Stinson, Secretary
Gabrielle Rothman, Secretary
Dawn Johnson, Secretary
Linda Williams, Secretary

Juvenile Division
Armand Murach, Supervisor, Assistant Public Defender
Aisha Nash, Assistant Public Defender
Nery Duran
, Secretary

Misdemeanor Supervisor 
Whitney Duteau

Misdemeanor Division
Whitney Duteau, Assistant Public Defender
Chris Walsh, Assistant Public Defender
Jeanette Lugo, Assistant Public Defender
Steven Hooper, Assistant Public Defender
Shannon Haugen, Assistant Public Defender

Paula Ridge, Secretary
Colleen Hilton, Secretary
Judy Davis, Secretary


Diversion Court
Jessica Holberton, Assistant Public Defender
Communications Assistant
Tabitha Medeiros

Please click on the links below to access information on personnel from:
Client Services Program | Offender Re-Entry Program | Diversion / Drug Court Program




Effective July 1, 2006 - Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. SB 80/Chapter 2006-232, Laws of Florida (Public Records Law Regarding E-mail) Link to External Website