Public Defender's Office
LeAnn Mackey-Barnes has been happily married to Troy A. Barnes for over 14 years and is the proud mother of two adult children. LeAnn has been a Marion County resident all of her life. She attended Reddick Collier Elementary, North Marion Middle, where she had the privilege of representing our county as a USA/USSR Exchange Student, and graduated with Honors from North Marion High. After high school, LeAnn attended and graduated from the University of Florida, where she received two Bachelors of Arts degrees, in Criminology and Sociology. Immediately after graduation, she began her career as a special education teacher with the Marion County School Board.
After her first year of teaching, Ms. Mackey Barnes enrolled in law school and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law, May of 2002. LeAnn has been practicing law for 13 years. She is currently an Assistant Public Defender and holds the title of Division Chief over the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Departments.
LeAnn currently handles both Baker Act and Marchman Act cases for Marion and Citrus Counties and Domestic Relation Contempt of Court Case. Over the past 11 years, LeAnn has trained and supervised over 30 attorneys and Certified Legal Interns in the practice of law in County Court. LeAnn has helped to implement Marion County’s Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court and the Juvenile Expungement Program. LeAnn has had the distinct pleasure of practicing before every judge, both county and circuit, in Marion County.
LeAnn takes pride in her community, striving to do all that she can to make a difference. Her parents instilled in her at an early age that it is better to give than to receive. Her community involvement and public service is a reflection of that lesson. LeAnn is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Pace Center for Girls, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and she actively participates in their “Reading is Fundamental” program. She is a member of the Marion County Bar Association as well as the Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and has been a presenter and volunteer with their Law and Justice Youth Conference program. She has also volunteered with Teen Court, Altrusa’s Annual Read-In, and the Florida High School Mock Trial Competition; assisted the Drayton Florence Foundation, supervised high school volunteers within the Public Defender’s Office; and participated in multiple career day events throughout the Marion County School system. She has been a volunteer coach in volleyball with St. John Lutheran Middle School and a cheer coach with the Marion County Youth Football League. As one of the founders of Families Helping Families, with support from the network of her immediate family and friends, LeAnn has lent assistance to struggling families in our community during the holidays for over 8 years. LeAnn is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.