Northampton County Executive John Brown withdraws public defender nomination

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Published: Jan 22 2014 04:19:23 PM EST
John Brown
EASTON, Pa. -

Northampton County Executive John Brown has withdrawn his nomination of Robert Sletvold for chief public defender.

The decision comes after council members raised concerns that Sletvold's marriage to county Judge Jennifer Sletvold would have required the county court system to rearrange her workload to avoid any conflicts of interest in cases involving her husband.

On Wednesday, Brown told 69 News he decided to withdraw the nomination because he "didn't feel council supported the decision."

Brown would not say if concerns over Sletvold being married to a sitting county judge weighed in his decision to withdraw the nomination.

Brown says he has not yet decided on a new nomination for chief public defender.