Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush Retires

“It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of Shelby County and work beside the fine lawyers, investigators, social workers and legal professionals of this law firm. I am grateful that Mayor Harris has made this such a deliberative process and look forward to a new era of leadership at the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender,” – Stephen Bush, Shelby County Public Defender.

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This afternoon, Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush addressed this law firm for the last time as the Shelby County Public Defender. His retirement date became official today. Bush said he was moved by the standing ovation given to him by the office that has been such a huge part of his life for 27 years.

Bush was appointed the Chief Public Defender in 2010. He previously served as an Assistant Shelby County Public Defender. Bush announced his plans to retire in July and offered to serve through the search process.

 

“The role of Chief Public Defender is critical in our community, and I’m thankful that Mr. Bush allowed this administration the time to conduct a careful search,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris in a written statement.

 

Shelby County Government published this media release to announce Bush’s retirement date. The Harris Administration also stated that a nominee has been selected and the name will be forthcoming. You can read the media release here.

 

You can also read more about Bush’s service as the Chief Public Defender here:

Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush will step down via The Commercial Appeal

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