The Pierce County Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Michael Kawamura as director of the Department of Assigned Counsel, the office that represents criminal defendants who cannot afford their own attorneys.
Kawamura, 47, replaces Jack Hill, who retired this summer. Kawamura graduated from Gonzaga Law School and joined DAC in 1988. He’ll manage an office that has 93 employees and a $12.2 million operating budget.
In a press release about his appointment, the new director said a major challenge he faces is an explosion in criminal activity in the county.
“The biggest challenge for any director is to do the things that need to be done to keep the staff
motivated and invigorated to do the number of cases that our attorneys are required to do,” he said. “When it comes to the end of the day, that’s why we are there.”