Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the appointment for Alaska's new public defender on Tuesday.

In a statement issued Sept. 17, Dunleavy said he picked Samantha Cherot to fill the position left in April by Quinlan Steiner.

Cherot was chosen from a group of three applicants given to Dunleavy by the Alaska Judicial Council on Aug. 20. She will serve a four-year term after legislative confirmation, the release states.

"All three individuals put forward by the Council were highly qualified, but Samantha Cherot stood out as someone with the presence, skill set, and experience to excel in this position,” Dunleavy said. “Not only was I impressed by her commitment to public service, but her focus and approach towards caseload management and prioritization. I congratulate Ms. Cherot on assuming the role of Public Defender and wish her all the best.”

Cherot graduated from the California Western School of Law in 2007 and most recently worked as an assistant public defender in Anchorage. She has been an Alaska resident for 32 years and has practiced law for nearly 12 years, according to the release.

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