Scott Schmidt has been appointed Chief Public Defender for Effingham County.
Schmidt has been First Assistant Public Defender for Champaign County since 2006. He has been with that office since 1999.
Schmidt is expected to begin his Effingham County duties next week. He replaces Lupita Thompson, who was not re-appointed this year after 16 years as the county's chief public defender.
For more, see Wednesday's print edition of the Daily News.