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New director of Montana's public defender office will work to implement reforms

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Office of the State Public Defender announced Tuesday that it has named Rhonda Schaffer as its director.

Schaffer, a Helena native, was most recently the centralized services administrator for the Governor’s Office where she was involved in policy, communications, financial management and strategic planning.Schaffer does not have a law degree, a spokesperson for the Department of Administration, which oversaw the hiring process, told the Helena Independent Record.

Schaffer will take over for Harry Freebourn, who has served as interim director since July 2017.