Madison County Public Defender Resigns

MADISON (AP) - Madison County's public defender has resigned to open a private law practice, leaving the county board to decide how to fill the vacancy. Melissa Wentling submitted her letter of resignation on Friday, and July 26 will be her last day. Wentling will be opening a private practice in Norfolk. She was elected in 2006, winning against the incumbent, public defender Harry Moore, who had served in the office for 15 years prior. She ran unopposed in 2010. The County Board plans to discuss the vacancy during its July 2 meeting. Madison County Clerk Nancy Scheer says that by law, the board must fill the vacancy within 45 days, unless that requirement imposes an undue burden.