Meagan O’Connell, a supervising attorney in the Humboldt County conflict counsel’s office, will serve as interim public defender, the county board of supervisors decided Thursday by unanimous appointment.

The current public defender, Marek Reavis, is currently absent from the position. It’s unclear if or when he will return.

Reavis’ absence has not been explained by county personnel due to individual privacy rights. He had been appointed as the full-time public defender in spring 2018.

County staff recommended O’Connell for the position ahead of Thursday’s meeting.

“Meagan O’Connell has 7 years of experience as a Public Defender and is willing to accept the interim appointment,” the report states.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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