Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) Director Sharone Mitchell Jr. has been chosen as the next Cook County public defender.
Mitchell will succeed outgoing Public Defender Amy Campanelli.
He has worked at the Illinois Justice Project since 2016. Before joining ILJP, Mitchell worked as an assistant Cook County public defender, according to the organization's website. Currently, Mitchell sits on the boards of Chicago Debates, St. Leonard's Ministries, Chicago Appleseed and Live Free Chicago.
Mitchell has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has a degree from DePaul University College of Law.
In a statement sent to Windy City Times, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
said, "Mr. Mitchell is a nationally recognized thought leader and policy advocate who has demonstrated the ability to lead regional reform efforts working with myriad diverse stakeholders including the private bar, legislators, practitioners as well as community organizations both large and small."
Cook County is the second largest county in the United States, representing 5.2 million residents in Illinois.