YORK – The York County Commissioners have named the new county public defender.
Tuesday morning, they voted in favor of offering the position to David Michel of Henderson. Late Tuesday afternoon, they received his acceptance of the position.
Michel’s appointment will be for the majority of the four-year term, as the reelected incumbent, Nancy Waldron, was unable to take the oath of office in January due to her law license being suspended.
According to information provided by the commissioners, Michel is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was a member of the Nebraska Bar Association from 1979-2003, a member of the New York Bar Association in 1997 and then again a member of the Nebraska Bar Association in 2018 (through the present).
During the early years of his career, he was a law clerk for Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Krivosha.
From 1980-1990 he worked in France, handling legal affairs for a company, which included legal negotiations in the Middle East and the U.K.
He has also managed legal affairs for companies in New York and Rhode Island.
He is currently living in Henderson and has been providing special counsel work in Omaha.