Allman named to new Public Defender Board

The Bartholomew County commissioners have made Randy Allman their representative to the newly-created Public Defender Board.

Created in May, the new three-member advisory board will examine all available data to determine the appropriate, effective and efficient way to provide public defender services in the county’s courts.

While Allman is best known as the long-time executive director of the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, he has 14 years experience in the county’s justice system.

He served as Bartholomew County’s chief probation officer until stepping down from that position in May, 1994.

The other two board members will be selected through a consensus of local judges who must appoint one Democrat and one Republican.

The board’s recommendation on whether to create a full-time Public Defender Office, contract with a private firm or leave the current system unchanged is expected to be submitted to the county commissioners by the end of September.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.