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Wilmington Attorney Tapped For Public Defender

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington attorney Jennifer Harjo has been tapped for the job of Chief New Hanover County Public Defender.

Senior Superior Court Judge Allen Cobb selected Harjo s name from a list submitted by the state bar.

Lawmakers funded the position in current state budget. Harjo says she was thrilled when she got the call letting her know she got the job.

Harjo says she will work to make sure indigent clients receive quality representation and hopes to move on cases lingering in the county courthouse.

The New Hanover County Public Defenders office is expected to be up and running by January. It will be located on the 3rd floor of the former county building in downtown Wilmington.

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