The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors appointed Marek Reavis to be the county’s new public defender this afternoon.

“I think Marek is a perfect fit for the public defender position. He’s providing steady leadership and we are all very happy that he has decided to take this job on,” board Chairman and 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg told the Times-Standard this afternoon.

Reavis has been serving as the interim public defender since March after his predecessor Kaleb Cockrum was appointed to a local judgeship by Gov. Jerry Brown at the end of February.

The Times-Standard has reached out to Reavis for comment.

Reavis, 66, has been with the Public Defender’s Office for more than 10 years and was serving as a conflict counsel before his appointment in March. He is the third person to be appointed to the position of public defender in a 13-month period.

Cockrum was appointed as interim Public Defender in December after his predecessor David Marcus resigned in November following nine months of controversy regarding Marcus’ qualifications for the position.

Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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