Lisa Bertolino Appointed Interim Public Defender

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today it appointed Lisa Bertolino as interim Public Defender following Michael Sheltzer’s appointment by Governor Jerry Brown to serve a judgeship in Tulare County Superior Court.

Bertolino, who has served as the county’s assistant public defender since 2003, has been with Tulare County since 1989. Prior to her career with Tulare County, Bertolino was a certified public accountant.

“Based on her experience within the department, the Board is confident Lisa will be able to maintain the integrity of the Public Defender’s Office,” said Pete Vander Poel, Board of Supervisors Chairman.

Bertolino has a law degree from the Ventura College of Law and Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Humboldt. She has also been a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission since 2001.

The Board of Supervisors officially appointed Bertolino interim Public Defender after its December 17 meeting.