After decades of seeing its citizens accused of crimes being represented by private law firms (paid with public funds), Canyon County has hired its first chief public defender.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Canyon County officials ultimately want to create a public defender staff that will include 21 attorneys. And their first hire is Tera Harden, an Idaho native, who has served as a defense attorney in Riverside County, Calif., and was a deputy prosecuting attorney for two additional years.
The Press-Tribune reports that Harden will officially begin her duties in July and should have ample time to start crafting her new in-house public defense department before it's expected to launch this October.
The Press-Tribune reports that Harden's salary will be $97,360.