Lorinda Youngcourt announced her resignation Friday, June 29, from her role as Director of the Department of Public Defense. Youngcourt became King County’s first Public Defender in January 2015, joining King County from Lawrence County, Indiana, where she was the Chief Public Defender.
“In her three and a half years in the role, Lorinda worked hard to build a new department that extends the highest quality advocacy and representation for indigent individuals and people who cannot afford an attorney in our community,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “She has continued the work of building this still relatively new department, and has been committed to employee development and training, and building connections to bring new, talented staff into DPD.”
Executive Constantine has appointed Anita Khandelwal as Interim Director of the Department. Khandelwal has been serving as DPD’s Deputy Director of Law and Policy, and joined the department in November 2015. A plan is now being developed to begin the recruitment for the permanent DPD Director position.