Public Defender

York County Justice Center

Public Defender


General Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bruce P. Blocher
Chief Public Defender

Clasina B. Houtman
First Assistant

45 North George Street, York, PA 17401
Phone : 717-771-9217
Fax: 717-771-4759

Welcome to the York County Public Defender's Office. At present, the office is staffed by one Chief Public Defender, one First Assistant Public Defender, two (2) Chief Deputy Public Defenders, two (2) Senior Assistant Public Defenders and 16 Assistant Public Defenders.

Chief Public Defender Bruce P. Blocher has worked for the Public Defender's Office for 24 years spanning 4 decades. Appointed to the post of Chief Public Defender by the York County Commissioners in 1996, Attorney Blocher has spent the last 14 years tirelessly working to provide representation to indigent defendants. Chief Public Defender Blocher received his undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University.

Hours to interview for a Public Defender vary, please view the “How to Apply” page for more details.

York County Public Defender's

Adult Unit Juvenile Unit
Bruce P. Blocher, Chief Raymond J. Ortwein- Senior
Clasina B. Houtman - First Assistant Traci L. McPate
Erin S. Thompson - Deputy Chief Kristin D. Bellan
James B. Rader - Deputy Chief
Ronald W. Jackson - Senior
Connor C. Tarr
Josh Neiderhiser
Rebecca E. Coy
Catherine G. Himes
Jennilee Kemling
Alice B. Richards Specialty Units
Alisa N. Livaditis Anthony J. Tambourino - Appellate Unit

Katy S. Nixon

Angela L. Fox-Holtzapple - Treatment Courts
R. Bradley Peiffer
Kathryn Bellfy
Tara A. Matcuk
Eric White