New deputy public defender appointed
A new deputy public defender has been appointed.
Herbert McKenzie was sworn in to office yesterday morning.
The Office of the Public Defender says it received several applications from members of the private and public bar to fill the vacancy.
It says McKenzie was the best candidate and was selected after careful scrutiny and a rigorous interview process.
McKenzie is a graduate of Glenmuir High School and was a commissioned officer in the Jamaica Defence Force before becoming an attorney.
He served as prosecutor here and in the British Virgin Islands before entering private practice.
McKenzie fills the vacancy left by Matondo Mukulu who resigned on July 2 to pursue private practice.
Mukulu’s departure came almost six months after he was overlooked for the top post of public defender.
However, he insisted his decision to resign had nothing to do with new public defender Arlene Harrison Henry.