Local criminal defense attorney Joel Brown is set to become Peoria County’s next public defender in July. The County Board still needs to approve the $1.4 million contract during its regularly-scheduled meeting next month. Brown says he plans to work with the existing 29 assistant public defenders in maintaining the service:

10th Circuit Judges approve new public defender

Apr 29, 2014

The 10th Circuit Judges have selected a new permanent public defender. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports he’ll start later this year:

Peoria County officials say they have serious financial concerns over the way its public defender service was managed.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s according to documents heading to committee members next week:

A local attorney will serve as Peoria County’s head public defender starting May 1st.  Jeff Flanagan is replacing Thomas Penn, who served as public defender for 30 years.  Penn’s appointment expires at the end of the month.