NORRISTOWN Montgomery County has named a new chief public defender.

Dean Beer, previously the deputy chief public defender, was appointed this month.

Beer had been leading the office on an interim basis since Keir Bradford-Grey left in August to become chief of the Philadelphia Defenders Association.

Before going to Montgomery County, Beer worked as a public defender in Philadelphia and North Carolina. In Philadelphia, he cofounded the Defenders Association's immigration project to advise attorneys and clients on the consequences their cases could have on immigration status. - Laura McCrystal