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King County Executive Dow Constantine this morning announced the appointment of 30-year legal veteran David Chapman to head the Office of Public Defense.

Over the course of his career, Chapman, 56, has worked as a deputy prosecutor, public defender, pro-tem judge, and most recently, as a private attorney, according to a news release issued by the executive. A 1981 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, Chapman lives on Vashon Island and has worked in the criminal justice system in both King and Pierce counties, the news release says. He was selected following a national search.

Chapman’s appointment is subject to approval by the Metropolitan King County Council. He is to begin his director position on July 30.

The Office of Public Defense, a division within the county’s Department of Community and Health Services, provides legal representation to indigent defendants facing criminal charges.