County namens interim public defender
After only five months on the job, El Dorado County Public Defender Dave Rawson resigned, forcing the Board of Supervisors to pick a temporary replacement.
Rick Meyer, who heads the South Lake Tahoe office, has been named acting public defender. He may be given the position permanently.
“We plan on talking with Rick to see if he is interested in the position,” said Mike Hanford, the chief administrative officer for the county.
Meyer was offered the job before Rawson, but he turned it down. Meyer has not officially been offered the position again.
“We would have to go through a recruitment process first, but we have tremendous confidence in Rick,” he said.
Hanford also said that process will not begin until Meyer has had time to correct some problems within the Public Defender’s Office.
County officials would not comment on what those problems are, or if they contributed to Rawson’s early departure.
Meyer said he still is not sure if he wants the job but is happy to run the department temporarily.
“It is a good move,” Supervisor Dave Solaro said. “Rick is a very competent and compassionate attorney who cares for the community and his clients.”
Meyer said he is interested in remaining in South Lake Tahoe, while the public defender typically works in Placerville.
Solaro would not rule out the possibility of allowing Meyer to work at South Shore if he were asked to take the position but said the board would have to make that decision.
“Just because you do it one way for a long period of time doesn’t mean it can’t change,” he said.
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