Houston County has hired Claudia Meier as the new public defender to replace Nick White.

He was fired in August after disputes with the county of the public defender office's budget, workload and responsibilities, among other issues.

The hiring was announced at the Houston County Commission meeting this morning and later confirmed by Commissioner Gail Robinson.

Meyer has worked in the public defender's office for 17 years as an assistant public defender.

Her first day will be Wednesday.