Mary McElroy Appointed Public Defender in Rhode Island

Governor Lincoln Chafee has appointed Mary McElroy as Rhode Island’s Public Defender.

“Mary McElroy has extensive experience as both a state and federal public defender,” Governor Chafee said. “Over the course of her accomplished career, she has gained invaluable knowledge of the judicial system and its workings and is highly regarded on both sides of the courtroom. I am confident that Mary will live up to the high standards set by her predecessor, the beloved John Hardiman.”

“I am proud and humbled that Governor Chafee has entrusted me with the important duty of ensuring the rights of the people of Rhode Island,” McElroy said.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin extended congratulations to Mary McElroy on her appointment as Public Defender:

“The Governor made an excellent choice in appointing Mary McElroy as Public Defender.  While there is a built-in adversarial relationship between the Office of Attorney General and the Public Defender, there is also a mutual respect for the law and the roles each office serves.  Mary has dedicated her career to public service and upholding the principles of the criminal system. I am confident she will bring that same dedication, commitment and passion to the Public Defender’s office.”


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