The incoming Democratic County Commissioners have announced they will appoint a new Chief Public Defender. Ann Russavage-Faust will take her new position on Jan. 6, 2020.

Ann Russavage-Faust has been Bucks’ Administrative Deputy Public Defender since 1988. In her time, Russavage-Faust has served as a trial attorney in high-stakes trials and argued appellate cases.

“After more than 30 years in the Public Defender’s Office, Ann knows and understands the
innerworkings of the office,” Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia said. “She is a natural fit as our Chief Public Defender, and we are excited to welcome her in this new role.”

A statement from the transition team included Russavage-Faust’s credentials.

“She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1986 from Dickinson School of Law, where she was a member of the International Law Journal. Russavage-Faust graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Duke University in 1983.”

The new commissioners will take control on Jan. 6. State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo will take the third seat as the only Republican.