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SAN JOSE � David Epps, a longtime Santa Clara County deputy public defender, was tapped Wednesday to head the county’s alternate defender’s office. Epps, picked from a pool of 13 internal applicants, is the first African-American to hold a top management position at any of the county’s four legal departments, according to Public Defender Mary Greenwood, who appointed Epps. Calling Epps an “excellent litigator” with a “strong background in management,” Greenwood said she was “really pleased” with her decision. “The alternate defender really should have a leader chosen within its own office,” Greenwood said, adding that Epps, a native of Flint, Mich., “has a compassionate and very clear way with our clients.” Epps, 46, replaces Greenwood, who was promoted to PD July 1. Epps began his career in Santa Clara County as a deputy in the PD’s office in 1994 before moving to the ADO in 1998 with the hope of tackling “more complex cases.” He got his wish. “I was trying homicide cases within three to four years,” he said. Since becoming an alternate defender, Epps has tried five homicide cases. “I like doing criminal law,” Epps said Wednesday. “It’s a challenge to work those types of cases. � Being a defense attorney stimulates your creativity.” A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Epps started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Sacramento County district attorney’s office. But he left after a year because he couldn’t stand commuting from his home in Fremont, where he still lives. He took a job as a civil litigator with Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall in San Francisco. He worked there for about two years, before his passion for defense work brought him to Santa Clara where he’s been ever since. “I thought it would be a good fit,” Epps said of his new post. “I hope to be a good boss. I think we have a great bunch of people here.” Currently working out of the ADO’s Palo Alto office, Epps plans to move back to San Jose within the coming weeks, where he will oversee 18 attorneys.

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