After almost three years as the Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney, Amanda Ade-Harlow will be leaving the position to become Public Defender for Shelby County. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Michael McHaney and Shelby County Resident Circuit Judge Allen F. Bennett have announced the appointment of Harlow to the position following the Shelby County Board’s approval to make the Public Defender position full-time at their August 12th meeting. Speaking of the appointment in a press release, Judge Bennett says “Ms. Ade-Harlow is up to the task at hand; I have seen her up close as a prosecutor and defense attorney and her talents and expertise in these areas are well known throughout the nine counties of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. She will be stepping into a challenging position but I have no reservations that she will excel in her job and more.” Harlow came to Fayette County in December 2012 after serving as the Shelby County Assistant State’s Attorney and in a written statement speaking of her time in Fayette County says “I am thankful to State’s Attorney Morrison to have given me the opportunity to serve the people of Fayette County. This was a hard decision to make but it is time for me to return to my home county (Shelby County). I am excited to begin a new journey in my career and, at the same time, saddened for this journey to come to end. I am, nonetheless, truly grateful.” Harlow will continue to serve the county until the end of the month before moving on to Shelby County.