Governor Benigno R. Fitial nominated Assistant Public Defender Doug Hartig yesterday to serve as the new public defender. Hartig’s nomination now heads to the Senate for its advice and consent. If confirmed, Hartig will fill the post vacated by Adam Hardwicke, whose resignation takes effect today, Feb. 1.
"Throughout his 13 years of service at the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Hartig has proven his commitment to public service and his passion to help our community. The lieutenant governor and I are confident he will serve the Commonwealth to the best of his ability as the new public defender," said Fitial.
The governor expressed his deep appreciation for Hartig’s willingness to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity.
Hartig attained his juris doctorate from St. Louis University and has passed the bar in Illinois, Missouri, and the CNMI. He also as a former assistant public defender in Clayton, Missouri.
The PDO defends indigent clients facing criminal charges. (Office of the Governor)