Andrade named Public Defender for Merced County
Vincent Andrade, a longtime deputy public defender, has been promoted to the top position as Merced County Public Defender.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the promotion at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
“Thank you for all your support you have shown for our department, and the wonderful office that we get to practice law in and represent the accused in Merced County,” Andrade said after the decision.
Andrade had been serving as the interim public defender for the past year. His rise to the office comes after the service of previous public defenders Dave Elgin and Eric Dumars.
County CEO Jim Brown said Andrade has done a “very good job,” “provided stability in the office,” and helped transition staff into a new headquarters. Brown added, “Most of the justice system has been very supportive of him and what he has been able to do.” Andrade is a certified criminal law specialist who has been with the county for 23 years, starting out as a deputy public defender in 1996. He became Chief Deputy Public Defender in June 2008.
He is married to Sarah Lim, the director of the Merced County Courthouse Museum, and they have two children.