Delaware Governor Nominates Kevin O’Connell as Chief Defender

WILMINGTON, DE (STL.News) Governor John Carney on Monday nominated Kevin O’Connell to serve as the next Chief Defender for the State of Delaware, leading the Delaware Office of Defense Services (ODS).  The Delaware Senate is expected to consider his nomination next week.

“Kevin has the experience, character, and commitment to justice for all Delawareans that is so critical for a public defender,” said Governor Carney.  “I’m confident he will be a strong leader of the Office of Defense Services and continue to provide important legal services for those who need it most.  I look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

O’Connell has more than 30 years of experience representing indigent criminal clients.  He has been with the ODS since 2005, most recently as the head of the New Castle County Division and head of the office’s Superior Court Unit.  Prior to that, O’Connell was in private practice. O’Connell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a founding member of the Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Widener University Delaware Law School.

“I am humbled and honored by my nomination, and I am thankful to Governor Carney for his trust and support. 

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