Federal public defender in Ohio cuts own job

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of the federal public defender's office in southern and central Ohio is eliminating his own job because of the automatic government spending cuts.

Steve Nolder tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/Ze3kna ) that he is stepping down so other attorneys in his office won't lose their jobs.

Nolder since 2005 has overseen the public defender's office that covers Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

He says his office must cut 11 percent from its budget by the end September.

Nolder plans to leave the office in June and take a job with a private law firm. He says the staff will still need to take 17 unpaid furlough days by October to balance its budget.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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